As human beings, we all deserve to feel a sense of purpose in the world. While having purpose means different things to different people, having a job is often a major contributing factor to building a strong sense of purpose. When we look back through history the human race has always sought out work, which may be in different forms through time but always contributing to our reason for being and our sense of belonging and contributing.
Having a job gives structure to our day and encourages a daily routine. Working keeps us productive and focused, and encourages us to strive for a routine that allows for work/life balance. When we don’t have work and a reason for setting an alarm each day we miss out on the health benefits of work.
The actual work itself also contributes to our sense of purpose – building and growing skills that we receive payment for builds our sense of self-worth, and our belief in our ability to do, and keep, a job. Working also allows us to build upon our social skills, feel like we fit in, and grow our self confidence in who we are and what we value. What we do for work often contributes to the way we define ourselves and our personal identity.
There are of course the functional benefits of working, and the sense of independence that grows with having a regular pay cheque, paying bills, and having income to budget and spend the way we want to. Contributing to society is rewarding, and feeling included in society, through work, is fundamental to maintaining a strong sense of purpose. Employment also allows us to support not only ourselves, also our family and dependants, which in itself significantly enhances our sense of purpose.
The unemployment rate for Melbourne is 4.7%, and according to the Australian Network on Disability, the unemployment rate of Australians with long term or permanent injury, health or other condition that affects them at work, home or in the community, is 9.4%.
atWork Australia work tirelessly to close this gap and to get the right people into the right jobs. At the heart of what they do is the belief that employment transforms lives – not only the lives of individuals but also the lives of their family and friends and the communities they live in. We all deserve to have a purpose through meaningful work. We all deserve the rewards that having a job enable.
atWork Australia know that some people require some additional support to get and keep a job. We are there for you every step of the way, including through your post placement support once you commence your role. We also provide on-the-job support and ongoing support for those who require it.
atWork Australia are in 31 locations in greater Melbourne and have four offices in Central Melbourne, including:
- Collins Street
- South Melbourne
We are in 190+ locations nationwide! Chances are, they’re just around the corner.
We’ve helped thousands of Australians on their journey to finding meaningful work and we’d love to help you too. Come and see us at the Melbourne Disability Expo, get in touch today on 1300 080 856, or enquire online here.