Centacare student secures dream job

Centacare student secures dream job

Diana was a jobseeker when she was referred to Centacare’s Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program in April 2017. Having experienced troubles with her job search, Diana joined the course to build her skills in order to go onto further training or to help her find work.

Diana working on her PowerPoint presentation about Aboriginal culture.

Diana’s time studying in the SEE program enabled her to improve her literacy, numeracy, communication and public speaking skills, as well as her computer literacy. It also gave her the opportunity to build her confidence and learn about workplace expectations to prepare her for employment.

“The SEE program really helped me to build different skills and has given me the confidence to move into the workplace,” Diana said.

“I’ve also had the opportunity to present and share my Aboriginal cultural as part of NAIDOC Week at Centacare.”

Despite getting several knock backs from various training and job applications whilst at Centacare, Diana stayed positive and transferred to the Kadadjiny Bidi program – a preparation for work course designed to help Aboriginal students learn about workplace expectations, small business skills and study towards a Certificate in Gaining Access to Education and Employment (GATE).

Diana had only been attending the course for a few weeks when she was told about a job at a local primary school that may be suitable for her and promptly applied.

During her time studying with Centacare, Diana especially loved celebrating NAIDOC Week and sharing her culture with her fellow students.

Shortly after applying for the role as the Aboriginal Islander Education Officer, Diana was told that she was successful and started her new job right away.

Diana has a passion for working with children and supporting their learning, so she is absolutely thrilled about her new job and thoroughly enjoys working at the primary school.

Through participating in the SEE and GATE programs, Diana now has the confidence and skills to successfully continue working in her new job.

Diana has also inspired other students at Centacare to continue to work hard on building their skills and persevere with their job search.

Though we are sad that we won’t see Diana around at Centacare anymore, we are very proud of her achievements and glad that she is thriving in her new job.

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