Dan* joined the Restart Scheme in early November 2021. Although Dan’s academic success was notable, he had struggled to find fulfilment throughout his career in his chosen field.
At the initial meeting with his Job Coach, it was clear Dan was highly employable with excellent skills and attributes. During initial discussions, Dan disclosed a diagnosis of autism as well as social anxiety. He had a work history of retail and hospitality roles which required a lot of interaction with people, so it was understandable why Dan struggled in previous jobs.
To target roles Dan would enjoy more, his Job Coach asked Dan about his interests which, he revealed, are history, creative writing, and IT. Dan also revealed that he was volunteering at the Llanelli Standard newspaper doing research. His Job Coach suggested to Dan that he speak with the Manager of the Llanelli Standard about the potential to turn the volunteer work into paid employment; Dan agreed to this.
This suggestion proved successful, and at their next meeting, Dan reported that he had spoken with the Manager and they offered him a 4-month work placement. Following this period, and after further work-development, Dan successfully secured a permanent position.
Dan overcame some difficult barriers to employment and is now doing work he has a genuine passion for. It is a testament to his determination that he has achieved this.