“Before I felt very anxious talking to people, but now I look forward to it” – Luke

Monday, 17 September 2018

At EPIC, we’re not only focused on finding jobs for people with disability; we’re committed to ensuring our job seekers feel confident and prepared when entering the workforce.

Luke has been working on his work-readiness with EPIC for a little over 12 months, and his Employment Consultant Liz says he’s thriving.

“In the time I have been working with Luke I have witnessed his confidence and skills grow immensely. I know he will succeed in any field he wishes to pursue,” says Liz.

“Luke is such a friendly person and loves talking to people, especially face to face. The enthusiasm this young man exudes is mind blowing.”

Luke feels he has changed for the better since connecting with EPIC.

“I definitely feel I am more positive and confident in meeting and talking to people. Before I came to EPIC I felt very anxious talking to people, but now I look forward to it,” says Luke.

“I love to learn, stay busy and be happy, and I believe EPIC has helped me gain the confidence to do these things.”

Liz says Luke’s zest for life is contagious, and EPIC’s Bundaberg team have enjoyed watching his progress.

“Luke loves to share what he has learned and accomplished each fortnight, whether it be experimenting with different cooking, or discussing the skills he has acquired as part of his hospitality skills course,” says Liz.

Luke would love to turn his love for cooking into a career.

“I know cooking is an employable skill and I hope to use these skills in the workplace one day. My favourite dishes to cook are Thai and Cambodian food,” says Luke.

“I am interested in many types of roles including working in a kitchen, as well as a fish market.”

As Luke continues to focus on his communication skills in readiness for paid work, he keeps his eyes firmly focused on his future.

“I am looking forward to getting a job to make a career for myself and be somebody!” says Luke.

“I’d love to save my money and visit Thailand. My goal for the future is to own a Cambodian restaurant.”