Gary went from owning a successful carpentry business for 30 years, to being diagnosed with cancer in 2017, changing everything he had worked towards. It forced Gary into a life that dealt a hand of setbacks, with Gary beginning to lose hope on ever being able to move forward.

From Hamilton Hill, WA, Gary, 55, had overcome several hurdles to fight cancer; he wanted to find employment but was losing motivation after several setbacks. Gary was applying for entry level jobs, however, was overqualified for a lot of job opportunities. He had also undergone several surgeries and struggled to find an empathetic employer. This left Gary feeling frustrated.

Gary joined atWork Australia and was connected with Job Coach, Courtney. Courtney reviewed Gary’s resume and simplified it to match the roles he was applying for. She also supported his journey by enrolling him in Positivum, the online platform that provides online coaching and mental health support. Gary also attended Jobs Now sessions that helped build his interview skills.

Gary and Courtney decided it would be beneficial for Gary to up-skill and enroll into a traffic management course which he thoroughly enjoyed. When Gary was told he got a job as a traffic controller, he was over the moon. He had a new lease on life and started to see how he could continue to grow and move forward in his life. He has set himself goals to work his way up into higher positions.

Even though Gary faced challenging times, he never gave up. In the beginning he was not in the right mindset to find employment, thus it was important for Courtney to help Gary set expectations and find ways to overcome barriers.

After gaining employment, Gary has kept in contact with Courtney and quite often shares how much he is loving the normality and structure his job has provided him.

Gary committed to attending appointments and completed any tasks that were asked of him. He was open to any opportunity that came his way.

Gary was unemployed for four years and has told Courtney that “I was so pleased he met the team at Hamilton Hill. I had almost given up on finding work but the team… persisted and pushed me outside of my comfort zone. I am thankful for the opportunities [atWork Australia] have given me and the help I received was second to none”.

Courtney said it was an “absolute pleasure working with Gary and seeing his hard work pay off. His determination and drive were vital throughout the process. It was because of this, there was no obstacle we could not overcome”.

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