Campbell Page customer Maria finds her dream job!

Disability Employment Services customer Maria recently started a job in aged care support, combining her passions of helping others and working with people. We caught up with Maria to find out how the new job is going (spoiler: she’s loving it!)

Before working with Campbell Page, Maria was battling with ongoing health conditions and didn’t see work in her future – in fact, neither did her doctors. Not only was she struggling with her health, she lacked confidence in finding work and didn’t know where to start. When she had tried to find support in the past, she felt that it wasn’t getting her to where she needed to be: “I felt like I was a number in the system and felt stranded”.

The Campbell Page team supported Maria by creating a resume and helping her to identify her skills. Though she hadn’t been in paid employment, her time raising a family and organising a household meant she had a tonne of transferable skills! She was also guided by the team to develop her interpersonal skills, build resilience in the workplace and set boundaries so that she could offer support to others, while still taking care of herself and her condition.

On top of this, Maria entered into study with the support of Campbell Page and her Employment Consultant. Knowing that someone had her back the whole time helped Maria believe in herself and remove any self-doubt about her ability and skills.

From the moment you come in you’re supported. [You’re] actually listened to, I don’t feel like a number. They make you feel like a person, and they understand the problems and come up with solutions.

After successful completion of her course, Maria landed a job in aged care support and she hasn’t looked back since. Maria said working with her clients gives her a reason to smile everyday: “I’m more energetic since starting work, I’ve always been happy & positive, but waking up now, I’m excited for the day and to go to work.”

Here’s what Maria had to say to anyone who lives with an injury, illness, disability or health condition and is struggling to find work:

I think Campbell Page is the best place to get a job you actually want and will be happy with. Even when you’ve got the job they’re still calling you and checking in.

Congratulations to Maria for her new job, we’re so proud of you!

We won’t just team up with you, we’ll get in your corner! If you have an injury, illness, disability or health condition and need support to find work, (and keep it) we can help. Click here or call our friendly team on 1300 139 920 to get started.

The best roles for people living with Anxiety and/or Depression

Living with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression can make it hard to find a job that fits. You might have concerns about finding a supportive and understanding employer, maybe you’re worried the pressure of a certain industry could be “too much” to achieve a healthy work- life balance or it might just be tough finding the right job for your skills and experience.

We KNOW you’re more than your mental health condition. A mental health condition won’t stand in the way of you finding a job, but everyone needs a little support every now and again.  So we’ve taken the pressure off your job search by rounding up the 5 best jobs for people living with depression and/or anxiety.

1: Librarian

If a calming, quiet work environment paired with methodical tasks is what you’re looking for, working in a library or as a librarian can be a great fit. While some full-time librarian positions require a degree, many libraries also hire library technicians/assistants who help with organising books, working the circulation desk, scanning and uploading documents and helping customers find books and resources.

Libraries are an important part of any community, so you’ll not only have the satisfaction of a hard day’s work, but also knowing you’re making a difference in the world. What’s not to love about that!

2: Gardener & Landscaper

These jobs give you the opportunity to work outdoors and allow you to get active, a great combination! Tasks may include grounds maintenance, watering and feeding plants, trimming trees/shrubs, weeding gardens and keeping spaces and walkways clear of debris and rubbish. You may be able to work by yourself or as part of a team, and there’s often flexibility to suit your lifestyle or management of your condition.

3: Data Entry

Data entry is a type of clerical work that involves using processes like typing and voice recording for entering information (like numbers and names) into computer systems. This can be done in a variety of industries, such as healthcare, finance, retail and transport/logistics.

If you’re analytical and like routine work, data entry could be a great fit. There is often the possibility of working remotely or from home if that suits your condition better. There are lots of different positions, starting with internships/entry level, all the way up to jobs that require degrees so there is something for everyone no matter your skill set.  

4: Courier/Delivery Driver

After 2020, people are shopping online more than ever – so the need for delivery drivers is also greater! This could include working for a postal service, local freight company, or you could even work for yourself! You’ll spend most of your time out and about, won’t have to deal with crowds of people or customer service and you get to listen to whatever music you want so that’s always a bonus.

5: Be your own Boss

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right fit for you, or you want to build in the flexibility you know you’ll need to keep yourself healthy. Becoming your own boss is a great option and the range of business opportunities are endless including:

  • Dog walking
  • Lawn mowing
  • Virtual Assistant/Administration
  • Home cleaning/maintenance
  • Or if you have a hobby, try selling your crafts online using platforms such as Facebook Marketplace or Etsy!

If you’re still not sure what kind of work is best suited to your needs, think about what you want out of a job or what you need to succeed. If it’s helping people, being active or outdoors, working alone or in a big group, identifying some of these can help steer you in the right direction and find a career you really love!

If you’re looking for help or not sure where to begin, our friendly team can help you with whatever stage you’re at. Get in touch to get started with Disability Employment Services and #CreateYourPossible.

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How to talk to an employer about your disability

How to talk to your employer about your disability

First of all, let’s just make one thing very clear – this is your private information which means only you can decide when and who you want to share it with. There may come a time though where you need to chat to your current or potential employer about your disability. Here are our top tips for having this conversation.

There are a bunch of reasons why you might talk to your employer about your disability. It could be that you need some additional support in your job or physical modifications to your workspace.

At different stages of the recruitment process you may also be asked the question “Do you have any health problems that may impact your ability to do this job?”

Don’t panic. Here’s how to answer the question no matter what phase of the process you’re at.

1. On a job application

If there’s the option to leave it blank and explain your situation at an interview- take it. It’s much easier to have this discussion in person, and the employer can ask any relevant follow up questions.

If you have to write something here are some options:

  • Not that would affect my ability to do the job
  • I have a health condition, but feel I will be able to do what’s required in the job
  • In the past I had <insert condition> which I’ve recovered from and I don’t feel is going to impact on my ability to perform well this job

Whatever you do, don’t lie. Honesty is the best policy and being up front about things means you can get the right support.

2. At a job interview

If you’re asked this question at an interview, here’s a good response:

“I have a good understanding of my health condition and know what the signs are for my illness. I’ve worked on strategies to manage it and don’t feel it will impact my ability to do my job”.

Prepare some examples to back up your statement such as “I wear a knee brace when I feel fatigue and this helps me to feel more secure and supported”.

3. After the job is offered/ accepted

Find a good time to talk with your new employer in private. Let them know that you may need some extra support or time off for regular appointments to manage your condition.

You may want to explain how you would make up the time and assure them it won’t affect your work. Feel free to tell them you’d appreciate regular feedback on your performance and leave it at that.

Some final tips

Keep it short

Focus on the positive points including your experience, abilities and skills that are relevant to the job. They don’t need to know all the details about your condition, just that you can perform the job. You’re more than your disability. You know it, we know it. Show them that.

Keep it simple

Talk about your injury, illness or condition in basic terms and without using medical jargon. Instead of saying “I have a rotator cuff injury” try “I have a shoulder injury”.

Practice makes perfect

Practice talking about your condition as much as you can so you’re comfortable with how you’d explain it to an employer. If you’re comfortable, it’ll show.

Provide Solutions

Show them you’re all about making it work by suggesting some options and strategies for workplace adjustments to support you, and make it easier for your employer.

Not sure where to start? Talk to your Employment Consultant today or get in touch with our team to get started with Disability Employment Services.