Member News: Paul finds purpose using his lived experience to help others
For Paul, a career helping people through mentoring, and drawing on his own personal experience with a mental health condition, has been a long-term goal of his.
With a Bachelor of Behavioural Science under his belt, Paul was working for a small manufacturer however, he was determined to find his dream job where his mental health disorder, Bipolar II, was understood and accepted. And, above this, a role where Paul was able to help people in the community.
After seeing an ad online, Paul got in contact with GradWISE and set up a meeting with employment consultant, Chardee. After the initial meeting, Paul felt like he was seen as an individual rather than just a number – an experience he hadn’t had with previous employment provider services.
Chardee helped Paul navigate the Centrelink system so that he didn’t have the pressure of applying for an overbearing number of jobs, and so more time and effort could be spent finding the right role.
“GradWISE gave me the time and direction to look for work that was suitable to me. Being in a graduate focused program meant that I was given appropriate suggestions and referrals for jobs that suited my skill set,” Paul said.
Chardee and Paul also worked on the Neurozone program together, a brain and body optimisation coaching service that GradWISE offers.
Chardee said that “Once Paul started the program I really saw him blossom. By working on his emotional drivers and building himself up, Paul was able to make amazing progress in every area of his life. His involvement in the program was an integral part of the employment journey.”
For Paul, the Neurozone program helped him recognise the path back to successes “knowing what were my strengths and where I needed improvement really helped me create a clear plan. I now have joined a meditation group and exercise every day”, he said.
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