Securing long-term employment

Our client decided to come to us for support as he wanted to have stability in his life and to go back to work. He had been unemployed for just over 2 and half years and was unsure whether he wanted to work full-time, part-time or voluntary. After talking to our Employment Specialist about his employment goals and discussing what his options were, he decided that long-term employment was what he wanted to work towards. Our Employment Specialist gave him the motivation he needed, by believing in him and encouraging him to go for it, “like a little mascot” he said.

When asked what the best thing was that had happened for him so far, he replied ‘my approach as to how and what I apply for regarding jobs has changed’. He used to be embarrassed about his mental health issues and did not think it was appropriate to share with employers, but after working with our Employment Specialist he understands that it is a part of who he is and should not be ashamed. This has increased his confidence and he now knows that he is worthy of employment, which has resulted in him being offered a job to start in September.

He has started reading again and sees friends more, which has made him feel more valued. Once he found out he got his dream job, after a long 2-month wait, he was over the moon (especially as there were over 150 applicants!). Even if he didn’t get the job, he knew this wouldn’t be a problem due to the support of our Employment Specialist.

When asked what he would say to those who may be unsure about working with an Employment Specialist and whether he would recommend the service, this was his response:

Yes I would recommend the service 100% and I wish more was known of the service actually as I hadn’t ever heard of it, didn’t know it was available. I’d like to say to anyone who is living with mental health who feel that no one would employ them for that reason, to not bury your head in the sand, there are jobs and employers out there for you and who will support you. Don’t let your mental health get on top of you and don’t settle for a job you don’t want. Be honest and just be yourself, I was honest about who I am and I got the job. I’d also give my Employment specialist 11 out 10 for all of her support and knowing that nearer the time as I get ready to start and once I’m in place, that she will be there to support me and my employer, is invaluable.’