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atWork Australia client, Tayah, said, "The past does not define you."

Tayah has been unemployed for the past seven years as her life was spiraling out of control. Now, Tayah is living proof, that no matter how bad things get, with the right support and self-determination; change can be made.

When Tayah connected with atWork Australia’s Workforce Australia team in St Mary’s , NSW, she was introduced to her Job Coach, Cassandra. Tayah presented with low motivation, low confidence, low self-esteem and lacked ambition. Initially, Tayah would not engage in conversations, she was withdrawn and replied to questions with one-word responses.

Overtime, Cassandra kept engaging with Tayah on a regular basis, eventually earning her trust and allowing her to open-up about her past. Tayah shared that she had been homeless for the past three years, living on the streets.She had experienced domestic violence and battled with drug and alcohol addiction.

As Tayah had bravely shared more details about her past, Cassandra was able to tailor her support and seek additional support from professionals. Cassandra referred Tayah to atWork Australia’s Wellness Services, who could provide professional counselling services.

Tayah began to regain her confidence and with much encouragement from her Job Coach, Cassandra, she attended a State Government initiative, Deadly Woman in Trades workshop. Tayah attended an information session and decided she would pursue an opportunity as a Traffic Controller.

Tayah attended a three-week training course, securing her Traffic Control ticket, along with her White, Blue, and Yellow Cards.

With her new qualification, Tayah attended a networking event and secured multiple interviews and was offered two employment opportunities. She had a tough decision but chose her ideal employer and started work soon after.

Tayah has made incredible changes in her life. Just recently, she visited the office with her mother, and her mother thanked Cassandra and the Service Manager for impact they both had on her daughter’s life. For the past five years, Tayah and her mum had a disengaged relationship. Tayah was not allowed at the family house unless she withdrew from drugs and alcohol. Just recently, Tayah went and knocked on her mum’s door. Tayah’s mum, said, “I didn’t even recognise her.”

Tayah believes the support she has received from her Job Coach and atWork Australia has been instrumental in turning her life around.

In the future Tayah would love to be a role model or ambassador for women, so she can coach and encourage others to make changes in their lives, just as she did

“The past does not define you,”  said Tayah.

Every year, atWork Australia help thousands of clients like Tayah 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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