Employment opens the door to professional pathway for Corey
Since finding work as a trade assistant at a local furniture store, Corey’s life has changed completely. Before coming to WISE Employment Pakenham, Corey, who experiences agoraphobia, was afraid of the outside world and leaving the house.
‘When I first started with WISE I was very resistant,’ says Corey. ‘Because of my disorder, I didn’t want to be there and I’d con my way out of doing things. Then WISE put me through to see a psychologist and helped me become more confident and change. I was one of the worst clients they could ever have and now I’m one of their success stories’.
Beyond referring Corey to counselling and WISE Occupational Rehabilitation appointments, WISE also helped Corey by providing assistance with interview techniques and cover letter writing as well as paying for expenses such as transport and his work uniform.
Katie, Account Manager at WISE Pakenham worked closely with Corey to help him find a job and is glad he gave WISE a chance.
‘One of the things I noticed is a lot of people had put Corey in the too-hard basket. I like to start off with a clean slate when a new job seeker walks through my door; I don’t know them, they don’t know me,’ says Katie. ‘When I first met Corey, I told him I wasn’t going to give up on him if he didn’t give up on me, and he didn’t. I’m glad he took that leap of faith and trusted me because it’s great to see him in the role he’s in today.’
Since starting work, Corey has done a complete 180 and is now more outgoing and confident. He is optimistic about his future and recognises that he has the means to achieve his goals. Soon he will be undertaking an apprenticeship to gain a qualification and further his skills.
‘I want a profession’, says Corey. ‘I want a qualification and a future. If it wasn’t for WISE, I’d be hiding in a room somewhere. Now I’m not wasting my time anymore, I’m existing and living. I feel confident. I am not the person I used to be.’