Suffering from severe depression and anxiety made it difficult for 19-year-old Rachael McQuillan to find work.

After moving to the Albury-Wodonga area with her mother after living in Queensland, Rachael knew she needed to look for work.

She had hoped to study clinical psychology at university, but was not accepted into a course after Year 12.

Without any prior work experience, Rachael approached Worktrainers with the hope they might be able to help.

“I am quite shy and anxious and most jobs involve facing people, and I really struggled with that,” Rachael said.

“I didn’t want a job where I had to see people – I didn’t want that added stress.”

Rachael had completed short barista and food handling courses before she started with Worktrainers and she had a small interest in back-of-house hospitality.

She gained work with a local café but left a week later, struggling with the front-of-house part of the job.

“Most jobs for teenagers are in fast food or retail and my previous job didn’t work out so I knew I had to get something where I could work in back-of-house,” Rachael said.

Then the perfect job came up – a kitchen hand role at the SS&A Club in Albury.

After working in the position for three months, Rachael said she loved the environment and the people she works with and her confidence has grown.

“This job is quite interesting and enjoyable – I’m getting used to it and it’s going really well,” she said.

Rachael praised Worktrainers and said employment consultant Anne-Marie Barry had worked hard to secure the perfect job for her.

“Anne-Marie just knows the employers in Albury and what they’re looking for, and who might need workers but isn’t necessarily advertising it,” Rachael said.

“The fact that I’ve had two job interviews and have been successful in both is a really good feeling.”

Anne-Marie said it was wonderful to see Rachael succeed in finding work.

“It’s amazing the progress she’s made – she’s a whole different person in the way she walks and talks now,” she said.