21-year-old Mahalia from Kyogle, NSW approached atWork Australia for support in finding a stable position due to living with various mental health conditions.
When Mahalia joined atWork Australia she was already employed on a casual basis in an assistant living facility working in the kitchen. Bronwyn began by asking Mahalia what she enjoyed about her position and how they could work together to make Mahalia even happier in a stable role.
Mahalia expressed her desire to work as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN). Even though Mahalia enjoyed her role in assisted living, she wanted a more hands-on care role. Mahalia was also ready to actively work at overcoming her barriers and improve her mental health.
Bronwyn worked with Mahalia to address her mental health barriers and encouraged Mahalia to continue attending multiple support groups and gained specialised support from professionals.
Bronwyn was there every step of the way to provide encouragement and ongoing support for Mahalia as she worked through her mental health issues. Bronwyn also encouraged Mahalia to participate in the local community, and last year she attended a youth conference.
Bronwyn also assisted Mahalia with job support by helping her to approach employers and how to navigate the interview process.
As Mahalia had completed a Certificate III in Individual Support in 2018, Bronwyn knew that Mahalia would be suitable for an AIN job role.
Mahalia’s life began to change when she was offered a casual role working at a local Hospital as an AIN. Mahalia was hired on a casual basis and even though she was getting many shifts, she was concerned about her job security.
So, when a permanent part-time role became available, Mahalia applied with Bronwyn’s help. She was excited to secure the role and this provided Mahalia with a better sense of security.
Bronwyn expressed that ‘Mahalia has really worked hard to get where she is today.’ Commenting on how Mahalia’s motivation has improved now she is in a role she loves.
“She comes into the office smiling and full of energy. Mahalia is really thankful that she now has secure employment,” says Bronwyn.
Mahalia commented on the role saying, “getting permanent part-time was so important to have something stable in my life. I set some goals for myself at the start of the year and this job ticks off so many of those.”
“Mahalia has gained so much from the experience of finding a job she loves; I have no doubt that this experience will really guide her to the future she desires,” says Bronwyn.