A successful career change story

Posted on 08/02/2022

Brad was looking to work in the disability support sector in Dubbo when he came across an advertisement for our More Jobs More Care (MJMC) program. “I thought that fits exactly what I need if I want to get into the support sector,” he said.
Prior to signing up for the MJMC program, Brad was no stranger to disability support work. As a deliveryman for Woolworths, he was required to travel around Dubbo and through Gilgandra and Narromine. “While doing so, I was privileged enough to be able to deliver to families and companies like Westhaven (the biggest disability service provider in Dubbo). By doing this, it opened my eyes to disability support work and how I can utilise my skills to benefit others, including myself,” he said.

Reflecting on his experience, he said that the program went above and beyond what he originally expected, and that he enjoyed it very much. “The lessons were very easy to follow and gave such a great insight into the role I was pursuing. From day one, I’ve had a smile on my face that I cannot wipe off,” he shared.

Brad has successfully finished the program and is currently completing a traineeship in disability support with Bamara Community Centre based in Dubbo. For Brad, the community centre is everything he wanted from a workplace. “The staff and clients have welcomed me in – like I was their own – and I have settled in quite nicely. I don’t think I could have landed a better place to do my traineeship.”

Meanwhile, Tim Powe, his team leader at the community centre, praised Brad for his passion to learn. He added that Brad demonstrated extreme compassion towards clients and his willingness to learn was amazing. “Brad formed a couple of bonds with some difficult customers and was very impressive.”

Now that his career is progressing in the disability support sector, Brad is encouraging more people, including his family and friends, to work in the sector. “I’ve honestly never received such satisfaction from a job!”

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