Job support pays off for Sheffield graduate

Melanie Vernon, 22, from the Norton area of Sheffield
Melanie Vernon, 22, from the Norton area of Sheffield
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A Sheffield graduate diagnosed with a condition which causes her to constantly fall asleep is back in employment after getting specialist support.

Melanie Vernon, aged 22, from Norton, has narcolepsy, a brain disorder which means she can nod off at any time.

Although her condition can be managed successfully, she believes potential employers used it as a reason for turning down her job applications for two years after she left university.

But now Melanie has gained a job at a Sainsbury’s Local store in Greystones after being referred to Remploy in Sheffield.

The organisation helped her to search for vacancies and create a CV.

“I love my new job and really enjoy helping customers,” said Melanie, who has scored top marks in two ‘mystery shopper’ surveys at the store.

Employment advisor Chris Marshall added: “She needed one-to-one support to rebuild her self-esteem and get her in the best possible frame of mind, which is so important when you are looking for a job.

“Melanie’s manager has been brilliant, putting in place some minor but important workplace adjustments that have made a very big difference.

“It’s great to see her getting on so well.”