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Quote reads "I can finally be independent and give back to those who supported me." said Shannen, DES Client Queensland

28-year-old Shannen was eager to find meaningful and sustainable employment.

She was connected to Job Coach Mark from atWork Australia’s Disability Employment Services in Arundel, on the Gold Coast, to find the right role for her.

Shannen lives with chronic fatigue, and she wasn’t sure what type of work she could do.

She was however very motivated, completing many courses that unfortunately didn’t eventuate into suitable employment.

Shannen had done some work previously however was falling out of work quickly as the roles didn’t suit her abilities.

Mark worked with Shannen to organise a volunteering opportunity so they could better understand her capacity and, what kind of hours and roles might suit her.

The atWork Australia team have a close relationship with a supportive employer they knew would allow Shannen to explore her capabilities and learn some new skills.

She started volunteering at The Mill Bakery, with two-hour shifts and built up to three-hours.

Charmaine from the Mill Bakery said “Shannen has an amazing attitude and a willingness to try anything.”

Shannen learned new skills and gained experience while learning more about her endurance and what hours she could maintain with her health.

After volunteering, Shannen landed a paid role at the bakery.

She was then connected with atWork Australia’s In-Work Support Coach Dani, who helped Shannen settle into her new paid role.

“Shannen felt extremely supported with each step of the process and always had a positive attitude,” said Mark.

“Shannen is a joy to work with.”

Together they found the right employer with the right opportunity for Shannen, where she could work less hours but still have meaningful and sustainable employment.

“I can finally be independent and give back to those who supported me,” said Shannen.

Every year, atWork Australia helps thousands of clients like Shannen 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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