Robert’s Journey: Finding Employment with TURSA’s Assistance

A diesel fitter by trade and problem-solver, Robert (Macca) found himself in need of a new job after surviving a car accident due to an epilepsy episode. After a long recovery, Macca was ready to return to work. TURSA helped him find a suitable position as a delivery driver, utilising his mechanical knowledge and problem-solving skills. Macca is now a valued team member on the NSW North coast and has even gained a social hobby through his new employer’s sponsorship of a local car show. Discover how our support, guidance and help with finding employment has led to transforming his personal and professional experiences moving forward.

Overcoming Adversity and Help With Finding Employment

Five years ago, Robert’s life took a dramatic turn when he suffered a tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizure while driving. Robert worked 69 hours a week and was a diesel mechanic for over a decade. The seizure left him with severe injuries, including crushed ribs, a punctured lung, and a kidney injury that required three surgeries.

After his medical ordeal, Robert was unable to continue his career as a diesel mechanic due to physical limitations. However, Robert was determined to return to work as soon as possible. That’s when he discovered TURSA disability employment services. With the guidance of case manager, Lena, Robert began his journey back to employment.

Robert’s Key Takeaways

  • Don’t give up on finding employment, even in the face of adversity or after a life-altering injury or accident.
  • Seek support from organisations like TURSA, who offer extensive support and disability employment services.
  • Leverage your own personal & professional skill sets and experience to find a new career path.
  • Take small steps towards your goals, and gradually increase your work hours and responsibilities with what you can manage.
Robert's Story of Overcoming Adversity and Help With Finding Employment with TURSA

"Lena's support was invaluable. She helped me apply for jobs, and I eventually secured a position at Bline, a company that valued my experience and skills. I started working 24 hours a week and gradually increased to three days a week".

Robert’s Advice to Others

“I find the TURSA team in Ballina to be positive and friendly. I have received support and encouragement to get back on my feet and into a new job. Knowing that I have Lena’s guidance and assistance has given me reassurance and confidence to move forward, and I don’t feel held back anymore. I appreciate my position and feel that working makes me feel useful and beats financial stress and boredom.”

If you’re struggling to find work or have experienced severe health issues, I encourage you to seek help. TURSA and similar organisations offer support and guidance to help individuals achieve their goals. Don’t hesitate to reach out and take the first step towards a brighter future”.

Visit a local TURSA branch to explore the available resources and support available or get in touch with one of our friendly team today. Remember, anyone can overcome challenges and succeed with determination and the proper support.