The first few weeks of working were fraught with self-doubt, but Georgie was determined her learning disabilities wouldn’t hold her back from her financial goals.
Working as a hotel housekeeper, her role requires organisational and timeliness – and even when she has days where she feels overwhelmed, Georgie remains stoic.
“I have my good days, I have my bad days and I have days where I don’t know what I’m going but I get through it” she admits
Georgie worked together with her APM Employment Consultant to build her computer skills so they could create her first resume. Then the all-important job interview skills, including learning how to market herself to an employer in an interview situation and what her transferable skills and abilities are.
It only took a few hours for Georgie to get a call-back for after being put forward for a role with Lorna’s company. And after a successful three-day trial, she was offered a job!
It’s clear Lorna is proud of Georgie’s progress, and describes her as “one of my stars”
"Now I’m working, I can really pay for my car, holiday and anything more that I want"
Since finding Georgie a role which enables her to work well in her capabilities, she has grown to work independently more often, with greater confidence.
When asked what she thought about including people with disabilities into her workforce, Lorna shared some wonderful sentiments on her experience:
“I definitely recommended it because the thing is, it’s like you’re planting a little seed and you’re watering it every day and you see it’s blooming and then later, without even thinking about it you realise you’ve got an orchid that’s growing your garden” she goes on “and the difference that makes in people’s lives is rewarding”
If you’d like to work with one of our dedicated Workplace Consultants to get back on your feet
Start your journey by registering below to find out if you’re eligible to for our Disability Employment Services program or one of our support programs.
You can join APM for Disability Employment Services through Centrelink.
When you visit Centrelink, they carry out an employment assessment and if you're eligible, they will recommend you to a Disability Employment Services provider. Remember to ask to join APM so you get the best service when searching for employment.
To be eligible for Disability Employment Services, you must be:
An Australian resident aged from at least 14 to pension age
Receiving an income support payment, disability support pension, an NDIS participant or an eligible school leaver
Able to work between eight to 30 hours per week (with support when required)