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'The right job' - Bethany's story - OCTEC

All in all, finding the right job in the right place has brought significant benefits to Bethany, both in economic terms and her general well-being.

Bethany Newman was referred to OCTEC Employment Service at West Wyalong in May 2012. She had a history of often debilitating anxiety attacks.

Her Career Consultant, Ray Dunstan, worked with Bethany on two levels – strategies developed in conjunction with other service providers to deal with the anxiety attacks when they occurred, and job search assistance to identify employment opportunities that would not trigger the attacks in the first place.

Bethany and Ray identified that the attacks were less likely to occur in places where there were fewer people, and where the people she did interact with were those she knew well and was comfortable with. Bethany also wanted to work outdoors.

Working through local networks and thinking ‘outside the square’, Bethany and Ray found an opportunity in a traditionally male-dominated employment area, assisting a fencing contractor to repair and install fences on rural properties. The work fitted Bethany’s job specifications almost perfectly as it involved little contact with people other than her boss, Alan Ford, of A.S. Ford Rural Fencing, and his assistant.

Bethany at workWith Ray’s support and advocacy, and following negotiation of a wage subsidy for the early stages of Bethany’s employment, the job began. Bethany quickly found that she loved the work, even though it was physically quite challenging.

In particular she enjoyed the practical nature of the job, the ability to work outdoors in fairly remote locations, and the tangible results achieved. Bethany also found that her self-confidence improved and that she was felt more comfortable being around other people.

All in all, finding the right job in the right place has brought significant benefits to Bethany, both in economic terms and her general well-being.