After seven years of looking for work, mature-aged job seeker Bob was close to giving up.
That was until he walked into MAX Woy Woy, who helped him restore hope through finding work as a truck driver.
At 63 years old and with a bit of nudging from MAX, Bob landed a work trial at Lidcome Ice in Tuggerah and was recently taken on.
“I thought I was too old for someone to give me a job. Now I'm loving life,” he said.
“I drive ice around to all sorts of businesses including service stations, bottle shops and pubs.”
Bob’s up bright and early at 4:30am most mornings, and clocks up to 500km on some days making deliveries. But the long hours don't bother him. He says he's happier and healthier than he's been in a long time.
“I’ve shed over 10kg so I’m feeling a lot better. I can now say I am happy earning a dollar and it pays the bills. It feels good not to be on the dole anymore.”
Bob said when he was out of work he was looking at the ‘black dog’.
“I was looking at the ‘dog’, and not in a really good frame of mind. After all these little jobs here and there for seven years, I’d just about had enough,” he said.
“My message to other more mature job seekers is don’t give up, no matter what it takes. If you’re looking at the ‘dog’, talk to someone you can count on and deal with it.”
Bob’s supervisor from Lidcombe Ice, Graham Pearson, said Bob’s age is no issue, and he's excelled in his role since starting.
“He’s doing really well, he's quite efficient in making deliveries," Graham said.
“It’s good for his mental and physical state being in work. He’s happy he’s got a job. He said he was sitting there for quite a while not knowing what he was going to do so he’s very appreciative.”