“When I first began with ParentsNext I had no idea what my goals were, or how to figure them out,” said ParentsNext client Rachael.
With the support of atWork Australia’s ParentsNext team in Armadale, Western Australia, 24-year-old Rachael found a career she is now thriving in.
Rachael didn’t find her dream career right away; it took trying a few different industries and understanding her preferences and goals before she found her direction.
“Being a single mother of two children, I didn’t think it was possible to find time for my career. ParentsNext helped me find different courses to help me work out what direction I wanted to take,” said Rachael.
“Some of the courses weren’t what I wanted, but the ParentsNext team never gave up on me and I soon found the course that felt made just for me.”
atWork Australia’s Job Coach Erin supported Rachael in her journey to employment.
“Rachael initially thought accounting administration was her goal, but she also had goals of a work life balance and this career path didn’t suit her needs,” said Erin.
“With our ongoing support Rachael found her career pathway and the motivation to succeed.”
atWork Australia supported Rachael with funding to complete a Certificate lll in Individual Support (Home & Community).
“I was able to study online, feeling more confident and driven for my future after each assignment I passed,” said Rachael.
“The ParentsNext team not only offered mentoring throughout the certificate but they were able to help with the costs of getting work experience and a job,” said Rachael.
Erin and the local Armadale team referred Rachael to pre-employment training where she practiced soft skills and practical skills required for employment.
While she was still finalising her study, she was offered a paid position as a support worker which suited the casual hours she was looking for.
As she commenced her new role, ParentsNext offered her In-Work Support to ensure she continued to thrive, while supporting her to purchase the work-related clothing she needed.
As she progressed in her role, the atWork Australia team also supported Rachael to keep her first aid certificate up to date.
“Rachael was so excited to be in a position in her chosen field, but she was more excited to learn there are employers out there who are supportive of her being a mother returning to the workforce,” said Erin.
Every year, atWork Australia helps thousands of clients like Rachael expand their skills and qualifications to help them gain the right job with the right employer. Call us today on 1300 080 856 or enquire online to find out how we can help you meet your career goals.