Elizabeth secures her first ever job
04 Jul 2018
Elizabeth first came to Job Prospects after our Torrensville office opened in July 2015. She was a single mother who spent the majority of her time caring for her daughter with disability.
Finding a job was proving to be a real challenge. Elizabeth was having a difficult time without a driver’s licence or any extra family support. Her employment consultant, Diana, said she was a very hands-on mother, but didn’t have motivation and confidence to secure work.
“Elizabeth had never previously had a job in her whole life and was in her mid-forties when she first came to us. Having no work history made it difficult to find her a suitable position.
“She was quite reserved when we first started working with her, but she had a real desire to give her family a better life,” Diana said.
In order to increase her confidence and give her some additional skills, Elizabeth was enrolled in a Certificate III in Health Support Services, which included a 90 hour placement at an aged care facility. It was during this placement that Diana saw a real change in Elizabeth.
“Elizabeth thoroughly enjoyed the work placement. It improved her confidence, gave her some core skills and encouraged her desire to find a job,” Diana said.
Elizabeth noticed a new laundry service in her area that she thought would be a great starting place for employment. After having gained some confidence from her course and work placement, Diana put her forward as a potential candidate for some upcoming positions the laundry needed to fill.
Not only did she gain an interview with them, but she impressed them so much with her enthusiasm that she was offered a permanent position.
Elizabeth was over the moon with her job and enjoys the routine it brought to her life, along with the ability to support her family better.
Three years later, Elizabeth is still employed by the same company and was recently promoted. She says stable employment has changed her quality of life.
“We are on top of all our bills now and we are able to see savings in the bank.
“We eat T-bone steaks instead of rissoles now and have a much better diet.
“I want to look after my daughter until she leaves home. With a stable income now, I can enjoy life a little more now and look forward to continuing this,” she said.
The future is now looking even more exciting for Elizabeth. She is now saving for an overseas trip with her family.