Nefa and Rebecca

Rebecca Hanna thought she was unemployable.

“I never thought that someone would give me a go. Nobody wanted to offer me work, my disability was a barrier and I continually felt left out,” she said.

Born with a hearing impairment that required her to have a BAHA implant (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid is a surgically implanted device designed to help people with hearing loss) Rebecca’s confidence was at an all time low before she contacted Joblife.

The 29-year-old from Parramatta found Joblife through its website and got in touch with Parramatta consultant, Nefa Alic-Pirgic, to see what she could do.

“I found Nefa really easy to talk to – she is like a big sister to me. I really trust her and she has helped me a lot.

“We talked about the kind of support she could give me and we talked through my goals.

“I really wanted to help people so Nefa enrolled me in a Certificate III in Individual Support so that I was more work ready. She helped me overcome my fears as I had not worked for a long time.

“And then she helped me get a job helping people with a disability and it is so rewarding to be able to help others.”

And what was it like to hear an employer offer her a job?

“I was so excited and happy that finally someone wanted me to work for them.  It was a great feeling.”

Does she have a message for employers?

“Give us a go and look at our ability.”

And for job seekers?

“Anybody can do anything. You just need to believe in yourself.”

On World Hearing Day, March 3,  2020, WHO will highlight that timely and effective interventions can ensure that people with hearing loss are able to achieve their full potential.

Hearing for life: don’t let hearing loss limit you 

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