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Kylie Jury’s job helped her rediscover her passion for working with cars.

The New Plymouth mum used to drive a limo and help out in the paint and panel workshop at her former partner’s business, but that ended when the couple split up.

Kylie was keen to return to the workforce after taking a break to raise her three children, but her dyslexia threatened to get in the way of her job search. Then Workbridge stepped in to help.

“Workbridge have helped me so much. They talked through my skills, interests and experience, helped me put together a CV and helped me to prepare for interviews and overcome my nerves,” says Kylie.

“They also totally understood that my dyslexia is a disability, not something I can control. All my life I had been told ‘just try harder’. I thought I was stupid.”

Steve Ander, an employment consultant at Workbridge’s New Plymouth office, says Kylie was very motivated to look for work. He says quite a few Workbridge jobseekers have dyslexia or learning disabilities and have struggled with school or to gain qualifications.

Enjoying life more

Workbridge supported Kylie to find a three-month job at a secondhand car dealership, and then to apply for a job as a car valet with Tasman Toyota.

“A lot of our work involves profiling our jobseekers to employers and sourcing the vacancies before they are actually advertised,” says Steve.

“I approached Tasman Toyota about Kylie and I sat in on the job interview to give her more confidence.”

Kylie’s interview was a success and she was offered a job. She now works as a degunker, cleaning car motors and exteriors.

“Everything changed,” she says. “I really enjoy working with cars. We have a bit more money and that means my children can enjoy life a bit more.”

 

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