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Naser’s Journey to Become an Independent Worker

Naser joined the Olympus Solutions DES Employment Services in January 2019. A Kuwait born Iraqi refugee, Naser arrived in Australia six years ago. While he had overseas experience in pest control operations, he was unable to gain employment in this field due to his limitations in written English language and confidence in approaching employers.

Olympus Solutions’ Fairfield team worked with Naser to build his employability skills. They started by creating a resume and cover letter in English. Next, they provided training on how to approach potential employers, interviewing skills, networking, following-up with job leads as well as how to stay confident during job search activities.

In addition to this, Naser’s Employment Advisor encouraged him to broaden his job search by considering options outside of the Sydney region and looking for employment outside his area of expertise. After an evaluation, it was identified that Naser’s current skills could be applied in the construction industry.

Following these suggestions, Naser travelled to Canberra and Melbourne to search for work in the construction industry. Eventually, through the support provided by Olympus Solutions, Naser found employment at BHL NSW Pty Limited in Wollongong.

Naser believes the lessons and tips from the employment team at Fairfield helped him in securing the job. “It is better that you light your match than to sit and complain in darkness. I’m thankful for Olympus Solutions’ assistance to strike my match up and keep it lit,” says Naser.

Naser now chooses to engage with post-placement support (PPS) from Olympus Solutions voluntarily. Through PPS, Naser can access assistance with work-related clothing and equipment, counselling to cope with work-related pressure and fortnightly consultations providing positive reinforcement to sustain the work secured.

His consultant Riad said, “I stay back in the office after five to allow Naser to access supports. He drives from Wollongong after work to catch up and discuss his concerns. Naser is a pleasure to support; it is amazing to see his transformation from a job seeker to an independent worker. It makes the work we do to help people return to the workforce so much more meaningful.”

Naser is proud that he is no longer on welfare support payments, and is paying taxes and positively contributing to the country. Olympus Solutions has enabled Naser to achieve an independent worker status and enjoy all of the benefits that go along with that.

Well done to Naser on transforming his life!

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