Jack's Journey - Work Experience To Full Time Role at Deafness Support Network
Category: charity, Career opportunity, Career Change, Career Development, Care Support, Career Initiatives, Work Experience, Coaching, Deafness Support Network, Deafness Awareness, Support, Support Worker
Jack was referred to the organisation via his DWP Job Coach, to participate in a 6 week Work Experience placement. This was quickly followed by a work trial, finishing with an offer of employment for a permanent role within the organisation.
Read on to hear about Jack’s personal journey into DSN, in his own words:
“I was in a bit of a rough spot, I hadn’t really held a proper job down since College. I’d been going the job centre a little while and doing some cleaning work but it really wasn’t sufficient. I had a good chat with my partner and it became clear that I was interested in doing support work. I really had no preference as to what sector or who I’d be helping, I just knew I fancied having a go at helping people.
My job coach turned me on to a work experience placement with DSN. It was a tough 6 weeks to be honest but definitely a trial by fire. I’d never really had a proper full time job. Certainly had never interacted with deaf people or used BSL. I’d never really been in a position to help someone with learning disabilities so it was a lot of new things.
By the end of the work experience I’d met a lot of lovely people who even 4 years later I’m still proud to both work with or support, and even both! I’ve learned new skill such as BSL. I’m currently doing my NVQ level 3 for lead adult social care. I was also promoted to senior support officer allowing me the opportunity to improve my leadership skills; and hopefully show our younger staff the best ways to support the individuals who need it the most. It’s been quite the journey and I can’t wait to see what’s next!"
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