“Breaking into a New Job Market: Andrew’s Story of Challenges and Success”
Thanks for chatting with me Andrew, can you tell me a little about how you came to TURSA in Coffs Harbour?
“I relocated from Molong near Orange to Coffs Harbour. It was some time ago when I joined TURSA. Finding work in Coffs Harbour was challenging for me. Initially I wanted to find a sales job while I got on my feet, but my background is in computers and IT. I used to run my own computer business and had received training in the field, but technology was advancing so quickly that I was struggling to keep up. Despite being surrounded by computer shops, most of them were family-owned businesses, making it difficult for me to secure employment. I found that getting a job in IT in the area required the right connections. It was nothing but IT for me from school onwards so going there and seeing all the computer shops and then realising I needed to be a family member to get in was disheartening. The other challenge I found was that technology was moving so fast and not being in a job I could not maintain my industry standards. I did a few short jobs but really found working in IT that it was better working for myself. I could manage myself a lot better and did not have a boss telling me to do things that a customer would not like or appreciate. So, in that respect I am glad I am currently out”
Can you tell me a little about what you have done in conjunction with TURSA to secure employment here in Coffs Harbour?
TURSA assisted me with getting my RSA certificate to open further options for work. I did spend some time serving drinks but found it wasn’t really my thing.
Tursa assisted me to purchase new clothes and helped with petrol for the first week after I transitioned into a cleaning role which was a significant help. My current role I find I have been loving it and found a job that I enjoy.
What are your plans for the future. Now that you are working has that got you thinking about what doors may open?
I think eventually I’d like to start my business again. There are some ongoing issues with my website that will be resolved next year. I want to get that all started again but this time I want to approach it differently and be more involved. I would be keen to see if there is any more support, I can get through TURSA so that I can build it up. Because I was a one-person business, I really want to get more people in to help me and to build up more business.
But for now, I am working for a business that is appreciative, great communicators and happy to praise a job well done which makes it a great place to work.
Andrew – Participant Coffs Harbour