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Joe (left) with WISE Employment Auburn employment consultant Mick (right)

From barista to manager, Joe brews obstacles into success

Experiencing ongoing health conditions, Joe first came to WISE Employment Auburn after an extended period of unemployment as a result of being in and out of hospital. When WISE found him the opportunity to work as a barista at Sydney’s mobile coffee company Grab a Cino he jumped at the offer. The role was the perfect fit for someone who loves having a chat while seeing in action the happiness good coffee brings. Since starting work, things have changed dramatically for Joe, who, within just three months, went from making 180 coffees a day to being promoted to manager and is now responsible for a team of around four staff members.

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Zak (right) with employer Michael. Zak fled persecution in Afghanistan to find a new life and a new home in Australia.

Working means Zak can give back to his new community

Zak fled persecution in Afghanistan to find a new life and a new home in Australia. After being on WISE Employment's books for just four days, Zak landed a role with a small food manufacturing and distribution company arranged by WISE Employment Dandenong team member Diane. “I could tell Zak was a good soul, with a tough story. He just needed an employer who would give him a chance." After being promoted several times in his three years with the company, he is now Assistant Production Manager. Zak says that working has made him happier, given him a purpose, allowed him to send money to his family, to study and to support his community by starting a soccer team for refugees in Dandenong. He has a dream to one day start his own business.

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Sharon (left) from Interskills Training with former student Sandra who found work in aged care following SEE language, literacy and numeracy training.

Interskills training kick-starts aged care career for Sandra

Former Interskills Training student Sandra had not set foot in a classroom for nearly 30 years until she successfully completed an aged care qualification in July. Thanks to collaboration between registered training organisations Interskills Training and Equals International, she completed her Cert III in Aged care, supported by language, literacy and numeracy skills via the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) training program. After 20 years as a foster-carer she was looking for a change but didn’t know what direction to take. She hasn’t looked back since taking the course which has kick-started her career in aged care, an industry she describes as perfect for her. 

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With help from WISE Employment, Cynthia found work as a graphic designer despite her anxiety. Image of Cynthia at her work desk.

Cynthia flourishes in first job as graphic designer despite anxiety

Before Cynthia came to WISE Employment Parramatta in late 2015, her anxiety and self doubt had formed a seemingly insurmountable barrier to the working world. She was eager to find work as graphic designer after three long years. Cynthia and her WISE Consultant worked together to develop her resume and began investigating possible roles that would gel with her interest and skills. Fast forward six months and Cynthia is doing well in her new graphic designer role, building her skills and contributing to the creative projects the team delivers. “Now that I’ve got a job and am working in a team I feel less anxious in other situations. I’m a bit more outgoing and chatty, and I think I’m happier too."

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Diane, with employer David at The Fitting Belt Company. Diane found a job with the help of WISE Employment Marrickville's Disability Employment Servic

From anxiety to admin superstar – Diane aces her new role

After completing high school, Diane came to WISE Employment Marrickville for support in finding employment. WISE helped Diane secure an administrative role at The Fitting Belt Company by providing advice on her resume, applications and cover letters; they also drove her to the job interview on the day. “In addition to working with amazing people, what I love most about my job is the routine. I enjoy going in to work, talking to people and having financial independence. I also enjoy my weekends and get excited when they arrive,” says Diane.

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Bianca loves her job working outdoors and with nature. She found her role with the help of WISE Employment Devonport's Disability Employment Services.

Epilepsy and learning disability no barrier to Bianca’s dream of working outdoors

Bianca certainly has a green thumb; she’s passionate about nature, loves camping and being outdoors. With all of this in mind, WISE Employment Devonport managed to help Bianca secure a job she loves at Kelpomix where she is responsible for preparing and packing a range of products to meet farming and gardening needs. "What I like most about working at Kelpomix is giving back to nature," says Bianca. "I just love it! I love being outdoors and working with nature."

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Ulrike with employer Craig from Seahorse World in Launceston.

Working means more than just a salary for Ulrike

Starting work again has given former WISE Employment Launceston job seeker Ulrike a sense of satisfaction and belonging which had been missing from her life after she had a stroke. Ulrike’s confidence was at a low ebb after the stroke affected her memory. Determined to carry on with her life she joined WISE Launceston where her consultants matched Ulrike’s previous studies and interest in tourism with local employer Craig’s need for a tour guide for his business Seahorse World, and helped her land the job.


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Alex (middle) found a hospitality job in Hobart with the help of WISE Employment. Left is employer Tracey, and on Alex's right is a work colleague.

Alex succeeds in hospitality and named “Employee of the Month”

From Sydney to Seattle and now Tasmania, Alex has found a job he loves at the Foreshore Tavern in Hobart. Since returning to Australia, Alex, who experiences anxiety and has a learning disability, has landed a hospitality job alongside a team that are more like family than co-workers. “This job is really important to me. I get a lot of support and I really care about the work. I’ve gained confidence being in front of new people every day. Having a job means new friends, new responsibilities and financial independence.”

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Peter (front row) with some of his colleagues. Peter, who is deaf, works as a dog carer, via help from WISE Employment disability employment services.

Peter, who is deaf, lands dream job as dog carer

Peter, who is deaf, came to WISE Employment Hindmarsh after an unsuccessful period of seeking employment, and within just three weeks landed a job as a Dog Carer at Doghouse Daycare. The placement was the perfect match for Peter who has a certificate in Animal Studies. “I love working with dogs, working in a team and under a supportive boss”, says Peter. Having a job is a huge relief for Peter and it has given him the means to provide for his growing family who are expecting their third baby.

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Ebony and her support worker Sharyn Lee working on her money-handling skills.

NDIS support services see Ebony blossom

Ebony is one of a group of 15 young people currently receiving support services from WISE Employment under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) program to help boost independence, confidence and job-readiness. She says for the first time she has goals for her future: “I want to get my driver’s licence, be a masseuse and to earn enough to have my own car. Now I know I can achieve those things, I’m confident I can do it."

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