Following his discharge from the Army in 2012, Anam lost all his confidence until Blind Veterans UK introduced him to JAWS – a screen reading software for the visually impaired. This gave Anam the confidence to explore employment opportunities for wounded veterans.
Anam became a First Steps client in May 2015 when he applied for funding to enable him to complete a computer programming course. Anam has previous experience of working in computing and programming and he felt that to explore this field of work would allow him to develop a career in the civilian marketplace, that would be sustainable and achievable despite his impaired vision.
Anam’s biggest challenge and achievement has been the completion of the computer programming course. His blindness has been a big challenge but he has persevered and feels a huge sense of achievement having reached his goal of completing his course. The support from WWTW helped him ‘focus his mind’ and give him the determination to complete the course.
Anam is actively seeking work in his chosen field and his goal is to find employment as a .NET developer for when his employment with Skillforce comes to an end in March 2016.
Anam lives in Wiltshire, is married and has a one year old son.
Anam commented: “Just because I’ve lost my sight doesn’t mean I’m totally wasted. When I was injured I was very frustrated and quite angry, I had no confidence and thought I’d never work again. Since then, with the support I have received, I have regained about 70% of the freedom I lost when I was injured. If you have the drive to do something, there is support out there to help you move on and rebuild your life.”