For 24 year old DES job seeker Emily, securing and keeping a steady job proved difficult while managing her stress and anxiety levels.
With the help of MAX, Emily has now been in a gardening job she loves for nearly 6 weeks. She says that she not only likes the money that comes with her job at the SW1 gardens in South Brisbane, but she has managed to improve her time management skills.
“I’m better at tidying up after myself after breakfast. I like the money I get from work, I can spoil mum occasionally now. I’m better at remembering things now, like not leaving batteries out in the rain.”
Emily came to MAX Stones Corner with a certificate 3 in horticulture and a love for the outdoors and being in the water.
“I don’t like sitting still,” she said. “I like being outdoors, doing things in the garden, blowing leaves, getting rubbish out of the gardens and stuff like that.”
Emily says the best part about her new job is that when it rains she gets to play in the mud.
Stones Corner Health Services Officer Molly and Job Consultant Karissa worked closely with Emily, driving her to her interview and staying in contact to try and reduce her stress levels.
Using Emily’s interests, Karissa called around to different employers to try and find suitable roles including swimming pools to garden at.
“It was great because Emily already knew how to sell herself to employers as well, she told me ‘I’ve never missed a day of school in five years.’ She was able to demonstrate how reliable she was.”
“I came across a Gumtree ad, so I called the employer and told them about her. I used her attendance record as a selling point as well which was really helpful.”
Emily says the support she received from her job consultant has been invaluable.
“It really helps, calling Karissa, particularly when you’re starting a new job. Even mum said my stress levels were basically through the roof – the first day I met Molly I was nearly in tears because I was so stressed.”
It wasn’t always smooth sailing for Emily, who has a particularly hard time in September and around Christmas time.
“I lost a parent in 2012 and lost my dog, and I lost a job, all in September, so that’s a bad month for me.”
But now, Emily’s future is looking leafy! Karissa says she can’t believe the change in Emily.
“Emily has become a lot more independent from her Mum now. Before whenever I would call to talk to her, she would always say ‘call Mum.’ Now when I call her she’s so much more confident, we’ve seen a real improvement in her independence.”
Emily has some advice for other young job seekers.
“Just try your hardest and something will come.”