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Kia

Support Worker

Department for Child Protection

How did you get to where you are today?

I have a Bachelor of Arts but I’m studying a Bachelor of Social Work at Flinders University. As a part of my studies I undertook a placement with the Department for Child Protection and after I completed my placement I was offered a job as a Support Worker.

What does an average day look like?

An average day for me involves supporting social workers with various tasks so they are able to spend more time with their clients.

What do you love about your job?

I love helping people and my job allows me to do this daily. I am able to make a difference in the work lives of my colleagues as well as the lives of young people, even if it is a small difference.

Why do you do what you do?

I find my role rewarding. Being able to help and support people aligns with what I studied at university and who I’ve always aspired to be.

What do you see are some of the benefits of working in the public sector?

Within the office I work there is a great sense of community, which makes coming into work every day an enjoyable experience.

The flexibility I have has allowed me to continue my studies and further my future career, which is really important to me.

Why have you chosen to work in South Australia?

I have grown up in South Australia and by working in the department I have been given the opportunity to give back to my community. Also, South Australia offers a laidback lifestyle that is reflective of my personal life.

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