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Posted On: 20th Aug 2013

Succeeding Despite Setbacks

Fixer Damon Cooper with Fixers Creative Producer Sara
Fixer Damon Cooper on radio station

A determined young man with Asperger’s syndrome, who became disillusioned with applying for jobs after constant setbacks, has created a blog to inspire others in similar situations not to give up.

 

Damon Cooper (22) from Leeds doesn’t feel people with disabilities are given the same career opportunities within the creative industries.

 

The main problem, he feels, is there isn’t enough advice and support for young people like him to feel motivated to find a job.

 

‘Looking back at my years of long-term unemployment, it has being difficult for me to find a job, because I’ve had no focus or guidance to find employment,’ Damon says. 

 

‘My advisors at the Job Centre always told me to apply for as many vacancies as possible and I might just get lucky.  Going by that logic, I could buy a lottery ticket and I might become a millionaire if I choose the right numbers.’

 

Damon was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome four years ago and is still struggling to find a job.

 

At his lowest point, the Fixer said he felt like giving up his search for employment entirely.

 

‘I vowed to never apply for jobs again because life was too short to be wasting time on organisations that aren’t the least bit interested in my plight to try and earn a living. 

 

‘Above all, I felt abandoned by a society that was leaving me to out to dry on the benefit trap lifestyle, which isn’t something I ever expected to experience.’

 

Although still out of work, Damon has gained valuable experience by getting some of his work published and even appearing on regional radio stations. Click here to read about his interview with Hits Radio DJ Darryl Morris.

 

He hopes his Fixers blog will show employers what he can really do and also inspire others to do something creative.

 

To check out Damon's blog, click here.

Author: N. Farooq

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