APM NZ - Dunedin team help James on path to employment transcript

James Hormann: I'm James Hormann, I'm 28 years old. I write stuff as a hobby, basically. I applied for Workseeker. They put me onto this. I walked in and Melissa basically put me onto the job that I have now.

Melissa: So James came to APM and he'd been in hospitality. He really wanted to work, but he didn't want to work in hospo again. And so, he was a trained chef, he'd done his stint in that and he wanted to switch careers. So we looked at his strengths, we looked at his experience. He wanted to change employment, but it was also looking at those long-term goals and then how accessible they were and how we could build strategies to get to that.

James Hormann: Oh, it was definitely a positive experience. Having someone who is literally good at reading people and can help organize and has connections in all sorts of different places that can help you get a job and just generally offer advice is always very helpful for this sort of thing.

Melissa: He's much more animated about his job, and he loves his job now, but he's still got that long-term goal in mind as well.

James Hormann: Having an actual job that I do enjoy and being able to get a job completely different from what I was doing before has definitely helped my confidence levels.

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