Tia moved from Darwin to Cairns in 2020 right before the pandemic hit Australia. Engaging in VPG’s Transition to Work program, Tia participated in intensive pre-employment training to build her job readiness skills in preparation for the world of work.
Through the program, Tia was supported with career exploration, skill development, resume writing, job applications and interview preparation. Her drive and determination to find work was admirable, taking every opportunity given to her during the program with enthusiasm and pride.
As a result of a competitive labour market, Tia experienced several knockbacks on her employment journey effecting her mental health and wellbeing. Through one-on-one coaching with her Transition to Work Coordinator, Tia was supported and encouraged to continue her employment journey.
Securing an interview with the John Morarity Foundation (JMF) for a Football Coach position, Tia received intensive interview preparation support to ensure she was well prepared. Having a strong connection to sport and fitness from a young age, the position perfectly matched Tia’s personal passion. Her hard work, dedication and positive demeanour paid off as she successfully secured casual employment.
Transitioning into her role smoothly, Tia has been praised as a team player and positive role model to the participants she supports within the JMF program. Her mental wellbeing and confidence has improved and she is feeling incredibly grateful to work for an organisation committed to creating positive change and healthier outcomes for children.
After six months of personal and professional growth, Tia has secured a full-time contract with JMF and feels a sense of satisfaction knowing she has achieved sustainable, long-term employment.
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