‘Don't be scared of what you cannot see, your only fear is possibility’
- Pete Murray
This line is from a song newly employed Ebony holds dear to her; a line that has kept her pushing on and defying all odds.
At 19 years old, Ebony was working casual hours but wanted a more secure, long-term job. Ebony suffered with anxiety and nerves to the point where she would physically shake.
“I shake a lot when I’m nervous, or cold,” she said. “I’ll be jumping up and down with shakes.”
After commencing her Integrated Employment Program (IEP) in late January 2017, Ebony worked with Case Worker (CW) Tamara and MAX IEP consultant Silia to build up confidence and maturity that helped get her to where she is today.
Ebony worked hard to look for work, she agreed to cold canvassing door to door, handing out resumes in person and over the phone using reverse marketing sessions at her contact appointments with PC.
“Ebony was very open to getting out and about, passing around her resume in Stones Corner. She was very confident in doing that,” Silia said.
It was with this persistence that Ebony was offered a full-time business traineeship from a higher education provider in Brisbane CBD. Originally interested in bar work, Ebony is enjoying her new role, with the opportunities and career progression it has presented her. She’s building strong relationships with staff and clients, upskilling herself and is still involved with support from CW Tamara and post placement support from IEP Consultant Silia.
Ebony is now 18 weeks into her job and there is no stopping her.
“I mostly help students, on the phone or when they come in. And I just help them, enrol them into the university and all things to do with issues to do with the university.”
“Before being employed, I was totally sleeping in, I couldn’t really get myself out to do anything. I was also very unmotivated. I was really keen on some things, but other things that I didn’t like - I wasn’t motivated to do things I didn’t like."
"Now I’m more motivated to do those things I don’t like. To challenge myself. “
Ebony has overcome a lot, from being someone who wouldn’t even answer the phone to family members, to being able to pick up the phone and solve customer enquiries in no time.
And that’s not the only fear she’s conquered.
“For an example,” she said. “My job has helped me get here: I am going to challenge myself to go sky diving for my friends 18th birthday. It will be the most nerve wracking thing I’ll ever do.”
“I love applying for jobs,” Ebony says. And she hopes that sharing her story will inspire other job who to reach their goals and to stay positive through the process.