“Don’t give up!”

Interview with Eduard Ursache, commercial worker at Decathlon

How did you find out about the LEAD project?

I was looking for part-time jobs on internet. One day, I read an announcement on an online platform, and I called the Foundation to find out more details. I met Alina Sachelaru (Supported Employment specialist at HAO). Although I live in Târgoviște and she works in Constanța, Alina said that she could help me get a suitable job. I sent to her all the necessary documents and I registered as a beneficiary of the LEAD project.

What were your biggest concerns as an unemployed, young person?

I graduated the School of Arts and Crafts eight years ago. Since then, I have been looking for a stable job, because I have really needed to support my father. I worked in construction and in agriculture (without an employment contract), and I volunteered at a church. I was afraid that I would not be able to get a job.

What do you like to do?

I was diagnosed with left spastic hemiparesis. Many years ago, I was advised to go swimming, because it would help me. I was able to overcome my fear of water and I learnt to swim, thanks to a good teacher. Then, I fell in love with the swimming. I swam for five years, but I had to give up because of my family financial problems. I would have liked to work as a swimming coach.

What did you do after enrolling in the LEAD project?

I talked to Alina, so she could get to know me better. She helped me make a proper resume and upload it to online apps. Also, she encouraged me to apply for a job to Decathlon. I was called for an interview, and in September I was hired. Now, I am a cashier and I am very happy. I get along very well with my colleagues.

What did our project enable you to do?

It enabled me to do exactly what I wanted the most: to get a stable job. Now, I can help my father and I can give myself nice things. In addition, I learnt to have more confidence in my strength.

What do you do in your free time?

I help my father, and I like to relax and to go out with my friends, sometimes.

What are your plans for future?

I want to build a successful career with Decathlon and I would like to start a family, one day.

What message do you have for people with disabilities who are looking for a job?

Don’t give up! Ask for support! A job is a step forward to a better life!

The project “Labour market Employment for young Adults with a Disability – LEAD” is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

Cristina Șerbănescu


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