A jobseeker, on a Disability Support Pension (DSP), who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder/depression and anxiety, was walking past The Personnel Group’s (TPG) office one day and she saw the sign saying “Disability Employment Service”. She had no idea what that meant but entered and within a short period, she was registered with TPG and with the assistance of her Employment Consultant, enrolled in a Certificate IV in Business Administration.
Her Employment Consultant (EC) was aware of her previous experience in Business Administration so when a one day a week position became available, the EC contacted her to ask if she was interested in being put forward. All this time, the jobseeker thought that getting back into the work force after a traumatic period in her life, was going to be impossible, as she believed it would have to be full time and she knew she wasn’t capable of doing that given her current situation.
Within a couple of months she approached the Manager and asked if there was a chance of increasing her hours as she realized that there was only one day in the week she looked forward to, and that was her work day.
Ironically, a staff member resigned that week and the jobseeker was offered 3 days a week. The job hours were modified and she commenced a job share situation where she worked Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, allowing her the days in between to manage her anxiety.
This all happened 5 years ago, and now the jobseeker is a valued member of the business where she works. The jobseeker also completed her Cert IV and Diploma in Business Administration, where she achieved such accolades as ‘Student of the Year’, ‘Most Improved Student of the Year’ and ‘Regional Winner of the Business Administration Award.’