Tuncurry man Robert Mawby was a sign-writer by trade, but struggled to find employment locally for two years.
“Job opportunities in this area are very rare, particularly for my trade, as most are just one man operations. So I had to look at another field,” Robert said.
Robert said he approached Tuncurry jobactive provider ETC and they suggested he consider working in the community services industry because it’s a high job growth sector.
“I didn’t know how I would go initially because I’ve never been in an environment like that before. But I was willing to give anything a go,” he said.
And so began Robert’s new journey in the Aged Care sector, providing cleaning services at Estia Health.
“Initially it was just casual, but I liked it so much and asked if I could go to a permanent position. I was thrilled when Estia gave me that opportunity,” Robert said.
“It’s been a real big eye-opener for me, a complete career change, but I get a lot of satisfaction from this job.”
Roberts’s role is to keep the rooms clean and tidy each day, which he does while having conversations with the residents and trying to put smiles on their faces.
“It has been very rewarding for me so far. I haven’t looked back since I started here. Every day I leave here knowing that I’ve done a little bit to help someone’s life, by improving their day with some laughter or a smile,” he said.
“Even my life has changed in many ways from this. It’s given me job security, financial security, and a different outlook on life.”
Robert thanked ETC, particularly his Jobs Advisor Terry, for helping him during his unemployment phase.
“Terry helped me with motivation and kept me positive. I’m so grateful to ETC for helping me to get this job. I did a number of courses through ETC like building a resume, how to conduct myself and dress in an interview,” Robert said.