How rolling burritos helped Kelsey get back on top

Next time you tuck into one of the treats at Guzman Y Gomez, you might be tasting Kelsey’s handiwork.

She’s one of many young workers who have felt the challenges of finding work and getting back into routine.

“It was hard to get a call back from people, because I didn’t have too much experience, and there were some big gaps where I wasn’t able to work” Kelsey said

While living with anxiety and depression can make day-to-day life unpredictable, Kelsey has found a role which she thrives in

Not only has Kelsey got her foot in the door at Guzman Y Gomez, she’s just on a roll – and according to her Manager Craig, she’s one of their fastest burrito rollers in the business!

"APM really helped me succeed and pushed me beyond my limits"   

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Finding the right support

Kelsey is one of the many young people with disabilities who have become part of the great culture in many workplaces like Guzman Y Gomez.

Through the Disability Employment Services program, she was supported all the way through the job-seeking and interview process by a dedicated Employment Consultant at APM.

As part of the program Kelsey received support to build her confidence and was able to find a role which suited her capacity.

“(My consultant) understood my limitations of getting back into work after not working for so long, I wasn’t thrown in the deep end or given hours I wasn’t able to handle or be able to cope with.”

When she started, Kelsey said she still felt a little nervous “it was quite scary, but everyone was really nice and friendly - it was nice to be given that chance and have the help and support I needed.”

Her Manager Craig praised her work ethic: “She really stood out, right from the get-go” he said “Kelsey’s intensity and determination to be successful here was evident from the start”

“It’s important that a person with a disability brings diversity and a reflection of who we are as a society and they come with some credible skills as well as anybody else.”

"I feel like it has had a real positive effect on the rest of my life"

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More than a job

Having a job is so much more valuable than the income to Kelsey. Her hard work has seen her become a permanent employee at Guzman Y Gomez!

It’s had such a positive impact, those around her are noticing her blossom

“My family have all said they’ve noticed a massive difference and I’m getting more involved with family events and other things now”

“I feel really good about myself and I know I can do the things I previously struggled to think I would ever be able to” she said

Doing the hard work to overcome her anxieties and maintain her well-being has paid off for Kelsey, and she is happier and more connected with the world around her.

“It’s definitely helped to put me in a routine and get into contact with people and I have a very good social network now“ she said

“I’m not so scared about the future; I’m excited to move forward and see where things take me”

APM has continued to support job seekers to find work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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