Kylie's motoring ahead into the job market
For Kylie Jury, "everything changed" when Workbridge in New Plymouth helped her find a job she loves.
Kylie has dyslexia, which cast a shadow over many aspects of her life until she contacted Workbridge.
Today she is well established in a job she enjoys with New Plymouth's Tasman Toyota - a fitting job for a lady who loves cars.
"For a long time I just felt I was stupid", said Kylie.
Helping with driving a limo and in the paint and panel workshop at her former partner's business made her realise how much she enjoyed working with vehicles.
"I've always loved cars so that worked really well", she said. "But that ended when we split up."
After a break looking after her children, now aged 13, 16 and 20, she was keen to return to the workplace.
"Workbridge have helped me so much. They talked through my skills, interests and experience, helped me to put together a CV and helped me to prepare for interviews and overcome my nerves."
"They also totally understand that my dyslexia is a disability, not something I can control. All my life I had been told 'just try harder'. I'd thought I was stupid."
Steve Ander, an employment consultant at Workbridge's New Plymouth office, said: "Quite a few of our jobseekers have dyslexia or learning disabilities and have struggled with school or to get qualifications."
"Kylie is a delightful lady who was very motivated in looking for work."
Workbridge helped update Kylie's CV and supported her in finding a temporary three-month job at a second hand car dealership, covering for staff sickness. Once that was completed, they helped her to apply for her 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", said Steve. "I approached Tasman Toyota about Kylie and I sat in on the job interview too, to give her more confidence."
"Kylie has now been working full-time at the dealership for more than 18-months."
"I'm a degunker", she said. "I do all the work cleaning the motor and the outside of the car. It's hard work - and sometimes I walk through the office and think "if it wasn't for my dyslexia I could be working in here" but I really enjoy it."
"Everything changed", said Kylie. "I really enjoy working with cars, we have a bit more money and that means my children can enjoy life a bit more."
"They totally understand that my dyslexia is a disability, not something I can control."