At 24 years old, Georgie has spent the majority of her working career doing volunteering for various organisations. She is on the Autistic spectrum and felt ready to find her first paid opportunity when she joined the Work and Health programme.
Below Georgie shares her experience on the Work and Health Programme and into paid working life.
“I started volunteering in 2013 and did it for 8 years. I enjoyed it, and it actually helped me to see what I did and didn’t like and what kind of job I’d like to have.
“After I’d signed on for Universal Credit last November, I was referred to the Work and Health programme where I met Esme, my Employment Coach. She helped me to look for jobs and we had discussions about what kind of jobs I’d like to do. Sometimes it did all get a little bit overwhelming for me, but Esme always gave me the space I needed and I’d come back to try again.
“I always had Tesco in mind as somewhere that I’d like to work, because my mum’s friend works there so I knew that I’d have someone to look out for me. I was unsuccessful the first two times that I applied, but you know what they say, third time lucky! I took Esme with me to my interview for support and I was so chuffed when I was offered a job.
” Tesco are really understanding about my disability and I always wear my hidden disability lanyard.
“I’m so happy to have a paid job now. My parents are too; I treated my mum after I got the job and my dad got a little jealous, so I took him for a McDonalds, he was so happy to not have to pay this time!
“I feel more confident now that I’m working. I do speak with some of my colleagues and I’m sure that I’ll do that more and more as time goes on and I settle in.”
All the very best in your new paid role Georgie!
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The Work and Health programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.