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Tom went from being an incredibly hard worker with a strong career in warehousing to suddenly experiencing severe stress and anxiety that left him looking for work for almost three years.

From the small coastal town of Deception Bay, Queensland, Tom, 34, has spent his life working hard and holding stable employment for many years. He has always been motivated to work, however, out of nowhere, Tom developed stress and anxiety that became difficult to manage. Tom was constantly putting himself down and started to believe that he couldn’t hold a job. His confidence was diminished, and some days became difficult to get out of bed in the morning.

Needing to take control, Tom approached the team at atWork Australia and was connected with Kasey. In the beginning, it was difficult for Tom to open up; his anxiety became prohibitive and started to show in physical ways. However, Kasey put herself in Tom’s shoes and used some confidence and motivation-based strategies to keep his anxiety levels down. Tom started to show great improvements towards the end of 2020 and found himself ready to take the next step.

Kasey and Tom tried different industries, such as retail and warehousing, however, Kasey suggested a change of industry might be beneficial to Tom. Hearing of a Traffic Controller course, Kasey suggested it to Tom. Tom had some obstacles to overcome due to his anxiety but got to the training and earned his license.

Kasey found a suitable role for Tom and while he was nervous to be starting in an industry he knew nothing about, he was excited for the opportunity. He said that “after all my hard work, I couldn’t believe that I not only got offered a role but also regained my confidence and motivation”.

Tom told Kasey that he “couldn’t thank her enough for everything she has done for [him] and being there at the toughest times”.

“To be where I am right now would not have been possible without the help and hard work from Kasey and the whole team at atWork Australia” Tom said.

Kasey said she is “so proud of Tom and how much he has grown as a person. His confidence shows whenever I see him, and I cannot wait to see and hear how much further he can go with his new chosen career path”.

Every year, atWork Australia helps thousands of jobseekers like Tom expand their skills and qualifications to help them gain the right job with the right employer. Call us today on 1300 080 856 or enquire online to find out how we can help you meet your career goals.

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