He transitioned gradually until he felt comfortable in his new surroundings and increased his attendance to two days per week.
He stated, “Being there, I felt part of this community of well-rounded and likeable people who wanted to help not just myself, but all participants succeed in their desired careers.”
His aspirations were to gain employment preferably in the media industry and as he had already exhausted opportunities within this sector, he was prepared to move towards an administration role. He had few friends and wished to have an improved social like. He was afforded the opportunity and was able to meet like-minded people.
Cathal explained, “Clanrye understood my autism and social difficulties and they would encourage me to join in and mingle with others and share my passion for film culture while listening to their passion and interests.”
With the high level of support from staff, his resilience and concentration improved. He began to believe in himself. He was delighted as he progressed through his qualifications and increasingly became competent in ICT skills.
Cathal received extensive employability support to apply for jobs and to participate in mock interviews.
Cathal was successful and gained employment as an administrative assistant commencing 24 February 2020. He was thrilled to have gained this position. He knew that he had the potential to progress within it.
He also gained EL3 and Level 1, Digital Employability qualification; ECDL Level 2 Extra/Core.
He has commented on the impact these qualifications have had on him and how they have been the catalyst to gain employment.
Cathal advised that when he received the job,
“It was very surreal but I was just so excited and tremendously happy for receiving this new job, I felt that all the hard work I made over half a year really paid off in the end and I owe it to Clanrye for their commitment.”
In recognition of the unlimited support, provided to Cathal, his parents issued an email:
“A sincere thank you from all the Carson’s. We deeply appreciate the support that you have given Cathal. The support Cathal received which allowed him to gain his ECDL and the hours of interview preparation were only surpassed by the kindness, the belief in Cathal and all the encouragement he received when he was unsuccessful in an interview.
Cathal has an amazing ability to attract lovely people into his life and this was certainly borne out when he met you all in Clanrye.
Thank you so much for making such a difference to our son’s life.
The kindest of regards , Siobhan and Dominic”