Sa­rina hopes to help and in­spire with jobs ini­tia­tive

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

SA­RINA Russo’s belief in ev­ery­one’s po­ten­tial comes not only from the more than 60,000 peo­ple her or­gan­i­sa­tion has helped find a job, but from her own story.

Af­ter mi­grat­ing to Aus­tralia from Italy at the age of five, her ed­u­ca­tion was an up­hill bat­tle.

“I was told that I would never make it be­ing any­thing but an in­voice typ­ist,” Ms Russo (pic­tured) said.

“I couldn’t hold down a job for about eight years.”

With lit­tle money to her name, she took a leap of faith and started her own typ­ing school in 1979.

“There are two things that mo­ti­vate you – one is in­spi­ra­tion and the other is des­per­a­tion,” she said.

More than 35 years later, she is run­ning a global ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and train­ing com­pany em­ploy­ing more than 1000 peo­ple.

It is about to ex­pand even fur­ther. Western Syd­ney job seek­ers are set to ben­e­fit from the Sa­rina Russo Job Ac­cess ex­pan­sion from 27 to 93 of­fices un­der the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Jobac­tive ini­tia­tive start­ing on July 1.

This in­cludes of­fices at Mt Druitt, St Marys, Par­ra­matta, Black­town, Auburn, Pen­rith, Ka­toomba and Rich­mond.

Ms Russo said her own ex­pe­ri­ence of turn­ing fail­ure into suc­cess drove her to help oth­ers. De­tails: 13 15 59 or visit sari­

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