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Wise words of support help Stephen progress

An East Ayrshire man is back doing a job he loves after help from a group of employment specialists.
 
Stephen McCourt, 40, previously held a managerial position within the energy industry before leaving two years ago following a build up in anxiety and depression.
 
After hearing about the new service to help people on their journeys back towards work, Stephen joined and was referred to our partners at Wise Group, which deliver the service on our behalf in the region.
 
Initially, Stephen he was visibly anxious and uncomfortable in the office. Through open and frank discussion, he confided he had a large debt which he had been ignoring and this has greatly contributed to his current situation.
 
But with the support of Wise Group’s Lorna McDonald, Stephen was referred to Citizens Advice where he gained help with resolving his debt issues and help applying to become a volunteer.
 
 
Through weekly sessions, Lorna has also supported him with a new CV and online profile to help his ongoing job search. Stephen also worked through mock interview situations so when the time came, he could impress potential managers.
 
With his confidence returning and his financial issues being tackled, Stephen was ready to return to work – and in a sector he was familiar with.
 
Stephen was successful in gaining employment in with the Home Energy Scotland project, using his vast array of knowledge from a previous job once again.
 
He said: “I wanted to change my situation but wanted to make sure that my last 20-25 years of employment, if I was lucky enough to have good health, was spent doing something that I wanted to do and where I was valued as a person. 
 
“To say Wise Group has helped is an understatement. I am now employed with Wise Group, the people are continuing to help me and I feel so proud. I am looking forward to where it goes from here.”

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