I moved to Wagga Wagga around 3 years ago to support my partner in a career progression opportunity and to be closer to family. For me, this meant starting again with finding new employment.
My previous employment history had been varied and I had worked in numerous different industries. I grew up on a fruit orchard and worked on the family farm packing fruit, and then later on I ran the family owned produce store. I worked in customer service for Zoos Victoria and then operated my own dog grooming business, and I also worked Part Time at Woolworths for 5 years.
For a large part of my working life I also worked as a professional horse riding coach and I trained and competed with horses to a high competition level.
When I came to Wagga I got a transfer to Woolworths and then tried telemarketing, which was not for me. I picked up our local newspaper one day and read a job advertisement for support workers. The thing that caught my eye was the heading ‘Do you have life experiences?’
I rang the contact number, discussed the position and applied for the job. As I had no idea what the role was going to be I researched community support worker on the web and thought, hey I can do this!