26-year-old Mohammed was living with anxiety and depression, resulting in low moods, poor sleep and weight loss. His mental health condition was also impacting on his ability to concentrate and focus on tasks.
Along with a limited work history and lack of qualifications, Mohammed was facing many barriers to employment.
Yet, Mohammed was determined to change the patterns of his life. With this goal in mind, Mohammed contacted atWork Australia’s Bonnyrigg office in NSW and meet his Disability Employment Services Job Coach, Carine.
Mohammed worked with Carine, committing to show up to his appointments on time, presenting his job search efforts and discussing his vocational goals.
Identifying Mohammed enjoys practical work, Carine suggested an apprenticeship, to allow Mohammed to upskill himself whilst working. Together, they undertook an online job search for suitable positions.
Carine assisted Mohammed with creating a cover letter and tailoring his resume to apply for two apprenticeships in the Panel Beating Industry.
Later that same day, he received a call back from one of the employers and asked to attend a job interview the next day.
“It all happened very fast after this,” says Carine. “Mohammed applied on a Thursday, interviewed on that Friday, and was set to start work on the following Monday.”
Aware that the first couple of weeks of returning to work might be the most challenging, Carine continued to support Mohammed with regular Post Placement Support. atWork Australia was also able to assist with clothing assistance.
Four months later Mohammed remains in sustainable employment.
”I couldn’t be more grateful for the time and effort that Carine put into assisting me find my new job,” said Mohammed.
“I am so happy, I have gotten used to my new routine and I feel a sense of purpose and well-being. I feel happier and healthy and its thanks to her”
Carine doesn’t entirely agree saying that his success was mainly due to his change in attitude.
“I am so happy to see Mohammed progress the way he has. I have seen him become more confident in himself and just a better person all round,” said Carine.