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Some clients know exactly where their passion lies and what industry they would like to work in but require a little bit of assistance on the path of finding their dream job.

Between 2012 and 2015, Scott worked as a cleaner at a mental health campus in Orange and assisted with patient transport at the Orange Base Hospital. Scott grew a passion for wanting to help people including those living with mental health conditions. Scott would sometimes have lunch breaks with patients and spend time getting to know them and their stories. Scott liked the rapport he built with the patients, and colleagues remarked on how well he developed connections with patients.

Scott has wanted to get into support work for the past few years and in 2020 he commenced studying for his Certificate III in Community Services, with the aim of becoming a Support Worker.

Being back in the workforce was important for Scott who is a single dad and father of three, as he wants to provide for his family. Scott lives with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which causes pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and arm. He is also missing a major tendon in his thumb and has chronic pain in his shoulders which made it challenging to find suitable employment in the past.

Scott was unemployed for 18 months and prior to joining atWork Australia, Scott applied for over 320 jobs in a 9-month period; each time being unsuccessful. Scott said: “This is enough to break a man, especially when you have a family to support”.

When Scott met Job Coach Brad at the atWork Australia office in Shepparton, he spoke of his passion of wanting to work as a Support Worker. Scott already had a Working with Children Check and Police Check, and Brad assisted him in applying for his NDIS Worker Screening Check. From the first meeting, Brad informed Scott that he would find him a job in his desired role, and pass on his resume to employers that Brad knew. Scott was employed in just seven weeks after his first appointment with Brad.

Scott was excited to start employment in the industry he wanted to work in for such a long time, and to be in a role he is passionate about. In his new role as a Support Worker, he works with people living with disability who need assistance with school runs, taking them to appointments and outings and helping them with their daily activities.

Scott says: “I am happy to be back in the workforce and I am looking forward to further studying mental health, and progress in my career as a Support Worker.” He also adds: “I am happy to be able to provide for my family again and get ahead in life.”

Brad says: “Helping clients into work that they are passionate about, makes the journey of a Job Coach so much more fulfilling. It doesn’t feel like work when you are doing what you love to do, and Scott incorporates this in doing what he loves, which is supporting clients living with disability and helping individuals in need.”

Every year, atWork Australia helps thousands of clients like Scott 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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