Fatima shares her experience of meeting an Employment Advisor

Fatima shares her experience of meeting an Employment Advisor

I don’t think I’ve ever felt so low in
my entire life and this was all due to an accumulation of bullying, harassment, verbal
abuse, and it got to a point where it got so bad, I went on long term sick. I went to
see the GP. The GP referred me to a therapist, and part of that was a new initiative that
was coming out for employment advisors, basically to put things into perspective.
So when I was first told about the employment advisor, you’re not in the right frame of
mind, so you think nothing will help. You lose confidence in those that are around you,
I guess, even the experts. But you’ve got to almost put yourself out there and just
take that first step. So, I was anxious about seeing the Employment Advisor, but I’m glad
I did. I felt like I was in a dead end situation
at work. Am I going to get my job back? How do I handle this long term sick? What are
my rules on going back? And I was given advice. I took the advice and started applying. I’ve
started now in a full-time position at a school and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.
And the employment advisor always said, ‘You know what? I’m here.’ So every step of
the way they’re still there. If this service hadn’t been on offer, I
would’ve gone back to the same toxic environment, wouldn’t have done myself any good. If anybody’s
considering seeing an Employment Advisor, then I would say go for it.

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