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Member News: ETC helps Charmaine return to work after injury

Thu, 06 Aug 2020, 02:04 PM

Enterprise and Training Company (ETC), 6 August 2020

Charmaine (Astrid Harris) had been off work for a year due to an injury and was close to going on the Aged Pension. Unfortunately Charmaine’s husband lost his job and the prospect of staying home and trying to survive on their pensions was causing her great anxiety – as well as wondering whether she would get hired as an older worker.

So she was referred to our Disability Employment Services (DES) team who helped her return to the workforce.

Charmaine shares her story below.

“I met with my Jobs Advisor, Janet, at my Initial appointment. During our discussions, I advised Janet that at my age I was not confident that I would be able to get work as my son had suggested my age would be against me. He felt that I should not pressure myself to find employment and rather just retire as I had worked my entire adult life and had earned the privilege.

I didn’t feel that I was too old and still felt that I could contribute to the workforce, however I had resigned myself that employers would want younger Administration staff.

I was also mindful of the fact that I had been out of work for quite some time due to my injury.

Janet looked at my Resume and advised me that I certainly had a lot of skills to offer the right employer and there were employers out there who would prefer mature staff, but I still found this hard to comprehend. 

Janet started referring me to Administration positions that came in and offered support to get me into employment.


Read the full article:  Enterprise and Training Company (ETC)


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