An unexpected accident forced 55-year-old Janine* to leave her job as a domestic care assistant for elderly clients on Queensland’s Gold Coast. With a disability, no formal qualifications and limited skills, Janine struggled to regain a footing in the workplace. Months of fruitless job hunting lead to crippling anxiety and depression.

Janine couldn’t see a future when she began our Disability Management Services program last year. Through vocational counselling, we identified that her passion still lay in aged care, so we convinced Janine that even though she hadn’t studied since high school, she was capable of achieving her Certificate III in Aged Care.

“I can’t believe where I am today. Thank you for caring enough to help me when I was going through tough times.” Janine

After just two weeks on the course, Janine’s attitude had changed dramatically. She had renewed self-confidence, a new sense of purpose and hope for the future.

With our support, Janine successfully completed her study and work-placement. We then worked one-on-one with her to find a job. This included helping her write her résumé, dress appropriately for interviews and coaching her on interview techniques. In September, Janine landed her dream job at a leading aged care facility. She loves her work and can’t believe how much her life has changed for the better.

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