Employment Consultant

A million reasons to work in the care sector

 

 

 

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Do you need convincing that a Career Quiz can seriously help you make important life decisions?  Then read on…

Late last year we passed a bit of a milestone when the one millionth carecareers Career Quiz was completed.   Yes, one million people have taken the quiz! Why? What did they gain from the experience?

If you have taken the quiz then you know it gives you feedback on your personality, skills and, if appropriate, it suggests where you could best apply them in a career in the care sector.   So how accurate and useful is it?  You might be surprised.

Part of carecareers’ brief is to reach out to talented individuals with no previous experience of working in the care sector.  There are many people out there with much to offer who would flourish in a person-centred industry such as ours.

If you are one of those people, you will know that it’s a big leap to make a career change into a new sector in which you don’t have any experience.

Early on, our research told us that an online tool which helped users self-assess their fit with the sector could go a long way to bridging that gap.  A great deal of work went into designing and building the career quiz; the massive uptake is validation that it has paid off.

And the result?  There have probably been a million different results.  Some people learn that maybe the sector is not for them, which is a valuable outcome in itself. Others decide the profile they receive is all they need, that’s fine too.

But for a third group it’s the starting point of an important journey, one that takes them in a new direction or fulfils a long-held hankering for something more meaningful.  Every week we hear from someone now enjoys a rewarding career in our sector as a direct result of the Career Quiz.

So just in case you’ve not yet joined the million-strong community, why not give the quiz a go?  It will only take you five minutes, it’s fun and easy to do and, who knows, perhaps it might take you somewhere unexpected…

And if this is the start of a journey for you, our Career Centre (1300 637 637 and info@carecareers.com.au) is here to help you if we can with one-on-one career advice. The service is free, independent and confidential, and nothing gives us more pleasure than to talk to people who are making positive life changes.

True Stories: Mim Kuipers – Finding work for individuals, with benefits for the whole community

Mim is an Employment Broker with My Place Foundation in Busselton, South West WA

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I didn’t intend to create a career for myself in the disability sector, but initially “fell” into it when I started doing weekend respite with a young lady in my own home. She was a delight to have, and it piqued my interest. I was also extremely impressed with My Place Foundation, and their values and high regard for their clients and staff. My background is retail management, small business owner, and sales and marketing. I didn’t ever consider that these skills would lead me into the disability sector; however my current employment fits perfectly with these skills.

The work I do:
I find employment or help individuals with disability to set up their own small enterprise, according to their interests and passions. Many individuals with disability have never been afforded the opportunity to work, due to perhaps not fitting well with existing employment pathways, or having been deemed not capable of working. The “My Work” programme (formerly Open Workforce), which My Place Foundation in WA has set up, was initially set up as a pilot project to show that it is a very viable option for people with disability to work. They can and often want to work, and if we can approach this with creativity and finesse we can make it happen.

What I value most about my role:
The employment programme “My Work” has been an incredible platform to educate and inspire the broader community to consider how they can be instrumental in bringing about positive change for individuals who have often been pushed aside. Finding employment roles in local businesses for individuals with disability has shown the broader community what is possible when we start to think and act more inclusively, and that it not only has a great impact on the person gaining employment but also the staff, and others around them. It is often said that the person with disability, brings something uniquely wonderful to the workplace that no one else could. Most of our participants have never had a paid role before. To be earning a wage for the first time in their lives, gives such a sense of pride.
Please click on this link to see some of our participants in their newfound work places.

How the NDIS changed the way I do things
NDIS has given people the opportunity to make more choices, and the ability to pursue their interests and goals in a much more viable way than ever before. Employment is certainly something that can and is chosen for individuals to pursue.

My Employer:
My Place Foundation are a disability service provider in Western Australia, who have always been committed to providing individualised and flexible service according to a person’s unique needs. They are very versatile, and provide an array of different supports. It has been an honour to have been employed by such a forward thinking organisation, who have the highest integrity.

 www.myplace.org.au/

 

True Stories: Martin Wren – Slide into disability work after illness

Martin-Wren_NOVAMore than 23 years ago I slid into disability work after a debilitating illness left me unable to hold down a full time job. My previous roles had all been in sales and marketing and the only reason I considered working in the sector was my inability to work for more than 4-5 hours, a couple of days a week.

However, by the time I had found a decent doctor and had made a complete recovery I had fallen hopelessly in love with my new work and my career has flowed on from that.