Biomedical student, Luke MacGillivray, was keen to get a part-time job while he completed his studies. Health issues, exacerbated by the death of his father, had made life a little complicated and he was seeking a job that could give him purpose and an income.

“I thought I would like to get a job in a supermarket or retail outlet until I complete my studies in 2019,” he said.

What he hadn’t counted on was the tenacity of Ipswich based Joblife Employment consultant, John Rehburg, to find him a job in his field of study.

“I eventually want to work in a lab, studying DNA and protein,” Luke said.

“John said ‘Let’s see if we can start now’.”

“He started picking up the phone and calling the HR managers of labs and research companies directly. I have worked with other disability employment consultants before and none of them were able to do what John did.

“He gave me confidence and self-belief to aim high.”

John felt it was important that Luke get a job that could make a difference and improve his situation. He liked the fact that Luke was committed, motivated and ready for a challenge.

“He could easily get a job in retail or hospitality but he wants to work in a field that is very competitive and I thought it was important to get a head start and get some practical experience,” he said.

Joblife Ipswich has been open for only two months. A joint partnership between Australia’s largest social purpose organization, Life Without Barriers, and five star disability employment service, Jobfind, Joblife Ipswich is already carving out a reputation in the community for finding work for those people who have struggled to get employment in the past.

“We are more career focused in finding work for our job seekers. No matter their circumstances we believe in a job for everybody and our relationship with Life Without Barriers means we provide wrap around services.”

While Luke is close to getting a job that relates to his studies (we’ll keep you posted!) he has high praise for John, his employment consultant.

“Not all heroes wear capes,” Luke said.

You can contact the Joblife Ipswich office on [email protected]

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