Lake Cathie resident Phillip Duncum was told it was unlikely he would ever work again after he suffered life threatening injuries during a vehicle crash in 2015.
A drunk driver collided with Mr Duncum's vehicle. He spent four months in hospital and has ongoing rehabilitation.
Through persistence Mr Duncum has recently gained employment at the Laurieton Lakeside Aged Care Residence.
He has trained in Aged Care at TAFE NSW and is also enrolled to undergo a Certificate IV in Leisure & Health.
Mr Duncum said he continues to study because he enjoys learning and keeping his mind active.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher Consultant for Access, Support and Disabilities, Wendy McKinlay works with Mr Duncum. He undertakes a modified program so can take his time to complete his course.
"Adapting to a new way of life is a long journey after being diagnosed with a disability," Mr Duncum said.
"I work at a slower pace, but with support, patience and guidance from Wendy and many of the TAFE NSW Disability Consultants.
"I manage to get past the hurdles and struggles.
"My course at TAFE NSW is a form of therapy. The study keeps my mind stimulated and TAFE NSW has really supported me."
Mr Duncum enjoys his work at the Laurieton Lakeside Aged Care Residence.
"I mostly enjoy talking to the residents," he said.
"A lot of the residents don't always get visitors so I enjoy giving the time to chat to someone.
"It's nice to be able to get to know the different personalities."