Link June 2018 Volume 27 Issue 3 - Page 54

feature By James Diack Perseverance key to long working life James Diack shares why a good attitude and self-belief make for a successful working life. I read with interest the interview efforts to prove my reliability. Other package, after having worked with John Hughes titled 'Time staff willingly took phone calls for continuously for nearly 38 years. Equals Success' in Link Magazine me and relayed my replies as I have a (February 2018 edition). I applaud his attitude to life and his dedication to speech impediment. Late in the 1970s, I decided Perseverance in everything I do during good and bad times has been one of my key objectives in young people with disability, giving to tackle a part time Bachelor of life. It was one of the factors that them support and encouraging Economics course at The University enabled me to work continuously them to pursue further education of Adelaide while continuing to work for many years. Others can achieve opportunities that lead to paths to full-time. I worked at my own pace similar results. People with disability entering the workforce. attending lectures and tutorials in should learn from mentors like John, the evenings, studying one subject their families, friends, employers people with disability have a lot to a year. The only concession the and workmates, but I also believe give. You just have to provide them university needed to give me was to perseverance and self-belief in their with time, and you end up with the allow me a 50 per cent time extension abilities count equally strongly, if not best employee you could ask for.” This in exams.  more so, in making long successful He also tells employers “that is so true. To this, I add that a positive In my work, I proudly strove, attitude of prospective employees and succeeded, to be a reliable willing to show their abilities count employee. just as much. If they place a high When the offices finally closed in value on the chance to work and 2002, I was in one of the last groups give of their best, then long-lasting of employees to take a redundancy working lives. James Diack, 72, lives in Adelaide. He is currently writing his memoir titled Perseverance Overpowers Impairment. employment is often the result.  Like John, I have cerebral palsy. I started work in the private sector straight from school at the end of 1964. I worked for the bedlinen and towelling manufacturer, ACTIL. I started by filing purchase orders and cart notes in the purchasing office. I soon took most of the responsibility of running the accounts payable section for many years, looking after more than 250 creditors each month. I hated, and still do, leaving work unfinished at the end of the day. I gladly voluntarily worked unpaid extra hours for the satisfaction of getting work done on time. Managers appreciated my 54 employment