Josh celebrates one year at Officeworks, thanks to WISE

Job seeker Josh, stands outside the Officeworks store wearing his blue Officeworks uniform.Josh, a 28-year-old South Australian, recently celebrated his one-year anniversary with Officeworks and he couldn’t be happier.

“I still crack a smile every time I see the Officeworks sign or hear the jingle in the background,” he says.

Josh lives with Asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties and an immune deficiency, that affect his concentration, communication and causes regular pain. With no previous employment history, Josh began to believe no one would hire him.

“I didn’t know how I was going to get a role without any experience, and it felt like no one was giving me a chance.”

That’s when Josh found WISE.

“I’ve met with multiple employment agencies in the past and WISE has been a lot more helpful because they don’t see my disabilities as a hindrance. They have taken the time to get to know me as an individual and help me uncover my skills so I can be a real asset to a company.”

WISE has a strong partnership with Officeworks, placing numerous hard-working job seekers in stores throughout the country. The team set Josh up with an interview at the Croydon store and he was hired shortly after.

Josh has proven to be a stand-up team member and completes day-to-day tasks with ease – stacking shelves, replenishing stock, assisting customers and loading trolleys.

Known by his peers as a hard worker with a great team spirit, Officeworks Croydon Store Business Manager, Doug Williamson, says his positive attitude is infectious.

“Josh loves working at Officeworks and being a part of the Croydon team. It’s always great to see someone as passionate as him working here. He makes it a habit to arrive early and starts every one of his shifts with a smile.”Job Seeker, Josh, is holding a cardboard box standing in the isle with all the file binders. Josh is wearing his Officeworks uniform.

Now with 12-months of steady experience under his belt, Josh’s confidence has grown immensely. He feels better equipped interacting with peers and loves meeting new customers and helping them with their shopping.

“I come across all sorts of people from different cultural backgrounds, some who have disabilities too. I consider it my duty to make everyone feel welcome and treat all my customers equally.”

Josh is extremely proud to be part of the Officeworks family. By sharing his employment journey and achievements, he hopes to encourage people living with a disability to believe in themselves and practice persistence when it comes to joining the workforce.

Despite the challenges COVID-19 has brought to those seeking employment, Josh has successfully maintained continuous work. As the retail sector innovates and adapts throughout these challenging times, Officeworks has been able to keep empowering its employees, keeping them busy via click and collect services.

“My life has changed for the better since starting my role. I look at other people losing their jobs during COVID-19 and I’m so grateful that Officeworks took a chance with me.”

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