I finally found a job that captured my attention when I started working on the railways a few years ago. As a railway labourer, no two days are the same and as I’ve gained experience, I love challenging myself more and more. I feel lucky that I’ve found work I love so much although it hasn’t been an easy journey.
A while ago, I suffered a tragedy within my family and drinking was the only way I knew how to cope. I hit rock bottom and attempted to take my life at one point. For a long time, I shunned any kind of help. This was until my daughter was born in 2014 and I decided I didn’t want her growing up seeing me like this. I got sober with the support of family members and finally started to feel myself again. It seemed like my situation was improving but last year I had to leave the house after my relationship ended. The stress meant I Iost my permanent job and had to start sofa surfing with the few people I know in the area. I’m doing some labouring again now but it's temporary and I never know when my next paycheque will be.
Training as a railway machine operator will be a huge step up. I'll be able to find permanent work and hopefully get my own place with the security a salary will bring. I’ll be able to tell my little girl when I can spend time with her instead of rushing off to a shift I can't turn down. Stability is really important to me and I'm so grateful for this opportunity to get things back on track!