Career change after workplace injury pays off for single father of three, James

When James injured his finger in a workplace accident, he was unable to work for seven months.

Having always worked in jobs that required manual labour, James knew that he wasn’t going to be able to go into the same line of work again, so he reached out to WISE Employment Mt Gambier for help.

James said that WISE Employment had started formulating a plan to get him back into the workforce before he had even had his first meeting with them.

“My experience with WISE was amazing from the get go,” said James. “The first thing they suggested to me was to retrain and upskill. WISE Employment supported me to enrol in Cert II in Community Services, and I then went on to focus on disability support services by enrolling in Cert III in Individual Support (Disability).

“I had never even considered this as a career opportunity before contacting WISE Employment, but once I thought about it I realised my personality would really suit it.”

Before James had even finished his training, he scored his first interview with disability support services provider, Minda, and was successful in getting the role.

James said that whilst he never expected to completely change career paths after his accident, he couldn’t be happier.

“Working for Minda has been amazing. They offer lots of support and ongoing training, so it’s been a joy to work for them. I can’t see myself doing anything else now.

“I also love the relationships I get to build with the clients. It feels like I’m getting a chance to give back to the community every day,” he said.

Gaining full time employment again has had a range of other positive impacts on James’ life.

“As a single father to three wonderful kids, one of the greatest things about my new career is feeling like a role model to them because I’m heading off to a job that I love every day rather than sitting around doing nothing. Plus, I get to spend a lot more time with them now that I’m not working 10-12 hour shifts.

“I’m so much happier now and my confidence has grown, which I didn’t think was possible,” he said.

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