I transferred from New Zealand with my husband’s work and when my second child was 2 ½ years old I was ready to re-enter the workforce.
My children were both under five so I wanted to be able to spend time with them, so therefore part time was ideal and being local was even better, as the thought of commuting and being stuck in traffic did not appeal. A role in community services ticked both of these boxes.
Working in the community services sector has the advantage of being able to offer part time and flexible hours, which is very important to me and the children.
I was unsure what to expect from working in the community as my whole working career had been working in a hospital, as a dietician. I have been very fortunate and have had three different roles with Hunters Hill Ryde Community Services. The first was as the Food Services Assistant, then as the Food Services Coordinator and now as the Team Leader.
It has, and continues to be, a positive experience. You never know what each day will present. Working with staff, volunteers and clients is very rewarding and everyone has their own story and something to give.
There are challenges but this ensures you are never bored. You are also required to be multi-skilled, for example you have to recruit staff, fix computers, run meetings, do assessments and promote your services, all on a very tight budget. I would highly recommend community services as a rewarding career.
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