My Mint Story - James

2017-10-18 08:11:10 | Uncategorized

I have suffered with mental illness since I left school in 2012. Anxiety and depression had been ruling my life. It affected my ability to socialise with people, which put a great strain on the relationships with my friends and family, but it also left me unable to get a job, so I decided it was finally time to do something about it, and in August 2016 I joined MINT, an organisation in Norwich which helps young people with barriers to work find sustainable employment. 


While I was apprehensive about it at first, I understood that I needed this to be able to take a step forward in my life. On my first day at MINT I was introduced to my job coach, Adam. He was incredibly welcoming and we soon discovered that we had a mutual interest in football, which helped me feel at ease. We soon got to talking about what I wanted from MINT, and how we could work together to set goals for myself, in a matter and pace that made me feel comfortable.


I was interested in finding some work experience within accounting/admin, so working alongside Adam, I emailed many businesses in the local area to see if they could accommodate me. After a few months of searching, I was offered a two week placement at a local Barclays branch, which definitely gave me a boost in confidence, and it also gave me the motivation to look for some part time work. At the start of 2017 myself and Adam started looking for part time jobs in the local area, and found one at a local WHSmith branch, which I instantly applied for as I felt that it suited my needs. Around a week later I was called by the manager of WHSmith and told that I had an interview. I worked on some interview prep at MINT which made me feel extremely confident going into it. A few days later I attended the interview which went extremely well, and the manager offered me the job on the spot. I was extremely happy and proud of myself that I had made it so far in such a short space of time. 


Without MINT, and Adam in particular, I could not have done any of this, and I honestly cannot thank them enough, as they have genuinely changed my life for the better. I have become a more confident person, both inside and outside of the workplace, and have learnt many skills that I can use going forward in my life. 


I would recommend MINT to anyone who found themselves in the same situation as me, or anyone who has different barriers to work. 


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