Stuart joins the programme with the aim of securing an office job but ends up living his dream and pursuing a career in modelling thanks to the encouragement and support from IPES.
Why Stuart joined IPES?
Stuart began on the programme in November 2020 with the hope of finding work in an office or in a warehouse environment. Stuart’s dream job was to be a model, but he knew he needed to make sure he was financially stable first.
How IPES helped?
Stuart was introduced to specialist key worker Fiorella, she supported him with his CV, tailoring them to suit an office administrator and a warehouse role. However, Fiorella didn’t want to forget Stuart’s dream job so they also discussed ways that he could break into the industry and identified modelling industries that he could contact for advice.
Stuart was very proactive and began applying to various modelling agencies in the hope that one of them would give him the head start he needed. While searching for office-based jobs, Fiorella also sent Stuart a number of agencies that she came across to help him stay motivated.
Getting the job
After applying to multiple agencies, Stuart received a phone call and was interviewed in the same call. The agency was very impressed with Stuart’s photos and how enthusiastic, proactive and serious he appeared to be about his modelling career. This call resulted in the agency inviting Stuart for a test shoot in London - he was able to keep some of the pictures for his portfolio.
Stuart was extremely excited about this opportunity knowing that it could lead to an amazing career. The agency decided not to sign Stuart on this occasion but he was incredibly happy to have had the opportunity giving him some experience in the world of modelling.
Stuart had a back up plan and applied for a job as a covid marshall and was successful. He is enjoying the role and his main aim is to save some money so he can buy a house and move out of his parents home.
Stuart is extremely grateful for the support Fiorella has given him as he feels she helped him kick start his dream by pointing him in the right direction.