Ian in his element at Hilton Manufacturing in Wacol, QLD.
Ian’s career was cut short when he had an incident with his
type 1 diabetes.
“I’d finished work on the Friday afternoon and then on Saturday
I had a really bad episode,” Ian said.
“I was in an induced coma for three days and in hospital for
“The doctors said I was so close to dead, it wasn’t funny.”
Because of this episode, Ian lost his job and became house
“I couldn’t drive for six months, or operate any machinery. I
needed to drive the forklift for my job - it was the only work I knew.”
Ian also had prior experience as a truck driver and store
man, but he couldn’t do that anymore either.
“It was hard finding work, especially when I couldn’t drive,”
“If I got a job, how would I get there?”
Ian moved to a suburb in Brisbane’s south-west and started
working with Michelle Carrington, a consultant at MAX Employment Inala.
“I signed up with MAX Inala and got working with Michelle.
“She was very good, she used to drive me around from 9am to 1pm, handing out
resumes, going into different companies and so on.”
Michelle drove Ian to an interview at Hilton
Manufacturing in Wacol, where
Ian successfully gained employment.
Ian has worked for Hilton Manufacturing for nearly nine
“I really enjoy it,” Ian said.
“With my Rheumatoid Arthritis I can’t do a lot of heavy
lifting anymore so I do the light side of things.”
Ian said the workload combined with a great team culture
makes his job enjoyable.
“I get on with all the people here and that’s a big part of
enjoying your job.
“If there’s people you don’t like or you’re arguing with all
the time, it can be hard.”
Ian said his managers have been very supportive of his
diabetes as well as his arthritis, and have helped him out in times of need.
“I was coming to work one day when someone pulled out in
front of me. I didn’t have a chance to stop and ended up getting my car written
“I got a lift to work with the tow truck driver, but when I
got there my manager said ‘Go home, get yourself sorted.’”
Ian’s manager made sure all his expenses were covered, and
even gave him a lift home.
Ian knows how important it is to stay motivated, no matter
how many obstacles appear.
“I knew I would find a job, I had to. I couldn’t afford to
give up work; I wouldn't have been able to afford to live.
“There’s a job out there for you somewhere. I tried a couple
of jobs that didn’t work out, but the more you try and just don’t give up, the
better your chances of finding the right one.”
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