21-year-old Grace is warm, cheerful and kind. She was diagnosed with Autism and had difficulty working in groups, staying on task and reduced social understanding.
DES Employment Consultant at Camberwell Jobfind, Anna Athans, started working with Grace during the lockdown period in 2020. Soon after, Grace reported reduced anxiety and was gaining confidence in her abilities and knowledge.
Grace expressed a passion for hospitality and previously completed Certificates 1,2 & 3 in Hospitality. Jobs in the hospitality field were mainly on hold due to COVID-19, and as more businesses closed their doors, Grace became anxious and disillusioned. Then, a family friend called to offer her a job as a Temperature Tester at St Vincent’s Hospital.
Anna regularly checked in with Grace and suggested she visit the kitchen at the hospital to discuss job opportunities. And guess what? She landed a role working in the kitchen, and she loves it.
Well done, Grace! This story is an excellent reminder that there are many paths to get to your dream job – so keep going!