Leo, from Stones Corner in Brisbane is a great example of how a passion can turn into a sustainable career path.

Leo, aged 34 had always been employed prior to injuring his spine in his previous employment as a mechanic. Previously, Leo’s jobs were always physically demanding but he was no longer able to do this type of work as physical work was now challenging, even sitting for a long time.

Leo needed assistance in finding employment which would suit his physical disability and so he contacted atWork Australia.

Leo wanted to become a support worker due to his passion for helping people. Leo had been out of work for a couple of years due to his injury but he had done some volunteer work in support services in the past.

To assist in finding employment, his atWork Australia Job Coach Thomas assisted Leo with writing his resume, interview preparation and searching for jobs together before connecting with his current employer.

atWork Australia organised and paid for the required certificates – a yellow (NDIS support) and blue card (Working with Children Check) and assisted with a course in Community Services and a First Aid Course.

atWork Australia was able to assist him in securing his current new role as a Disability Support Worker with icare where he has been working full-time for three months and supports a range of clients.

With the assistance of atWork Australia Leo was able to successfully turn his passion into a career. “I was very happy when I got this job as it was exactly what I was looking for.“ Leo really appreciated all the support from atWork Australia which included talking to employers on his behalf.

Leo says: “There are a lot of people in need of support workers to assist them in their daily lives and I am here to help. It gives me peace of mind knowing that I have a secure job to go to daily where I can help others and learn something new every day.”

Thomas says: “It is a good feeling to get Leo into a role which allows him to help people and for which he is not only well suited but really enjoys doing. It was great to assist him in getting his foot through the door. This will be a sustainable and long-term career path for him.”

He adds: “The employer was able to see how highly motivated Leo was in helping and assisting others.”

Every year, atWork Australia helps thousands of clients like Leo 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.