The decision for a career change occurred when I spoke with a friend who worked for the Department for Child Protection. She is a social worker and encouraged me to apply for a job as a youth worker.
With the thought to become a youth worker, I enrolled and studied a Certificate IV in Youth Work and became a child mentor as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for 12 months. During this time I developed a range of skills that allowed me to confidently apply for a youth support worker role which I was successful in gaining.
My average day starts by continuing to build rapport and positive relationships with young people and other staff by supporting them to reach their full potential. I do this by engaging in creative activities, fun and play, training and supervision.
The role is very collaborative. We aim to work from a holistic perspective by supporting the whole care team. We do this daily through linking networks, program supports and other service providers for the young people and care team.
I love the variety the job brings on a daily basis and the continuous learning that comes from working alongside knowledgeable, passionate and likeminded team members.
The reason I do what I do is to help make a difference in the lives of the vulnerable young people I work with, by helping them connect with community, family and support services.
Working in the public sector allows unlimited career development by offering continuous training to all staff in a safe, secure and inclusive environment.
The public sector encourages flexible employment and supports positive work life balance.
Having lived in South Australia all my life, I couldn't see myself living or working in any other state. South Australia provides a good quality of living where one can experience the convenience of city life while maintaining the feeling of a country town.