Troy’s another employee who’s experiencing the ‘working from home’ lifestyle right now but earlier this year we caught up to talk about how he found work, his motivations, preconceptions and how he pulled his working life together.

It all started for Troy meeting up with one of the team (they’re not doing that right now btw, but are on the phone and email if you need them) and they suggested that he went along to a job fair where he spoke to Nottingham City Council about some apprenticeships they had available. Before that, things had been pretty rubbish for Troy;

“I was more or less not doing anything; I’d grown quite despondent with how everything was going in my life. I’d tried a bunch of different avenues into work and nothing had gone right for me. I didn’t realise it was always important to look at what I’m interested in and good at, instead I was being stubborn as I’d focused on engineering and decided that was what I wanted to get into. And even though I was good at the work I wasn’t good with the environment. I was drifting through and had given up on ever getting anything with engineering. I was miserable.”

Here’s the amazing part though, as Troy says, he managed to pull himself together enough to have one last try, he send off his CV and got an interview, boom! “I went for it and they gave me special allowances which was probably the most important thing. If a workplace isn’t willing to give special allowances it isn’t worth your time.

“I get tonnes of support, they’ve been very flexible with my hours, they ask if I’m okay with things, I’ve been slowly ramped up to doing a lot of different tasks and I’m always asked if I’m ready for a new challenge. I’ve got better and better and better at it, I even catch myself when I’m walking down to the reception area mulling over how I will talk and adding more and more friendly questions and gestures which is sort of increasing parts of my social repertoire which I don’t think I would have got anywhere else. It comes from being in these sort of environments. It was a big shock to my system to be around people for 8 hours a day. After the initial start time I don’t feel like I need a lot of support, if I get stressed out I know where I can go.”

Inspired by Troy’s story? We’ll be catching up with him another time but for now, if you want to find out how you can get into work with Nottingham Jobs, register here or give us a call on 0115 876 4508.