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Dream job for disabled Zoe
7:00am Sunday 9th September 2012 in News
PERSEVERANCE paid off for a disabled woman who has finally found her dream job with a Brentwood business.
Zoe Quick, 22, applied for dozens of positions but was consistently knocked back, forcing her to rely on jobseeker’s allowance.
However, Zoe, who was born with paralysis down the left side of her body, is now living her dream of becoming a nursery assistant by getting a job at Clever Tots Day Nursery, in Brentwood.
She said: “I think people probably saw my disability and not me. They were focusing too much on that and not my qualifications and ability for the job.
“You don’t really expect that to be a problem in the 21st century.”
She spent two years completing an NVQ level three in childcare to secure the role as a nursery worker.
However, despite sending her CV to hundreds of nurseries and applying for a range of jobs in different careers, she remained unsuccessful.
But Zoe, from Rayleigh, finally had a breakthrough three months ago thanks to the firm in Junction Road, Brentwood.
She said: “I just thought to myself I’m not going to give up.
“I absolutely love what I do now. The children are fantastic and I can’t imagine not working at the nursery.”