Jay from South Australia leaves his comfort zone behind, finding job satisfaction while helping others in his community

Community of Practice partner AnglicareSA inspiring youth to push past their barriers and chase their dreams.

Jay was referred to AnglicareSA’s Transition to Work (TTW) program in July of 2017. Like many young people, Jay was under-employed meaning he needed the safety net of Centrelink income support payments to help him get by.

Within the first four weeks of TTW, Jay attended the Experiential Learning Program My Move. This involves community connection and helps building skills for employment through local business networking opportunities, site visits and guest speakers.

AnglicareSA held an amazing reflection day with their young TTW participants. It involved watching this incredibly inspiring video from gold medal winner Amy Purdy, outlining how to use your barriers as a driving force to overcome anything that stands in your way. That’s exactly what Jay did, he threw caution to the wind and quit his restrictive part time retail job to strive for something he could be passionate about.

Jay found that passion in disability care, and shortly after leaving his retail job, Jay was offered a casual position at a special needs school, working as a School Support Officer (SSO). Alongside his SSO role, Jay has also since gained employment as a disability support worker. He saw an opportunity to leap from his comfort zone, to push himself into dedicating his time to achieving what he really wanted, and went for it.

Now off income support Jay has found himself with sustainable employment, job satisfaction and enjoyment in both his new roles. All thanks to his determination and AnglicareSA’s Transition to Work team.