An accident forced 55-year-old Janine* to leave her job as a domestic care assistant for elderly clients. As she discovered, with a disability the road back into work is challenging, but achievable with the right support.

Janine’s accident left her with a disability, and her lack of formal qualifications and job skills made getting back into the workforce a real struggle. Months of fruitless job hunting led to crippling depression and anxiety.

When she joined Mission Australia’s Disability Management Services program, Janine had no hope for her future. Through vocational counselling sessions, we helped her identify that her passion still lay in working with elderly people. With a little encouragement, we convinced Janine that even though she hadn’t studied since high school, she was still capable of achieving her Certificate III in Aged Care.

After just two weeks in the course, Janine was like an entirely different person. She had renewed self-confidence, a new sense of purpose, and optimism as she looked to the future.

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With our support, Janine successfully completed her studies and work placement. We then gave her one-on-one support to help her find a job, providing assistance as she wrote her resume, helping her dress appropriately for interviews, and coaching her on interview techniques.

Soon after, Janine was offered her dream job at a leading aged care facility. She loves her new job and the people she works with and cares for. She can’t believe how much her life has changed for the better despite the challenges she has faced.

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