New skills lead to job con­fi­dence

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

WHEN a re­cent high school grad­u­ate at­tempted to find a job straight out of school she found she lacked the con­fi­dence and skills to stand out from the crowd.

Now a St Marys train­ing cen­tre has set Alyssa Wil­liams on her ca­reer path af­ter grant­ing her a busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion trainee­ship.

The 18-year-old from Mt Druitt grad­u­ated Plump­ton High School in 2014, and when she wanted to have a break from study­ing and work for a year, she found it dif­fi­cult to get a job.

“I had no idea what I was go­ing to do af­ter school,” she said. “I didn’t re­ally want to go to univer­sity or TAFE be­cause I wanted a break, but I needed a job. I sup­pose that’s what ev­ery­body goes through when they leave school.

“I ap­plied for other jobs and I would get in­ter­views but never get any­thing be- yond that. I re­ally hadn’t had a lot of in­ter­views be­fore and I wasn’t 100 per cent sure how to sell my­self. I wasn’t sure what to say half the time.”

How­ever, af­ter six months in a trainee­ship at the Skilling and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre, Ms Wil­liams said she felt much more con­fi­dent and clear about her fu­ture.

The cen­tre is run by Lend Lease, and as well as of­fer­ing trainee­ships they hold a va­ri­ety of work­shops for job seek­ers cov­er­ing the steps in­volved in ob­tain­ing a job.

“They tell you not to give up, but also how to have a good re­sume and cover let­ter. It gives you con­fi­dence to sell your­self,” Ms Wil­liams said. She said it was im­por­tant to have a good re­sume and to have con­fi­dence, “but un­for­tu­nately they don’t re­ally cover that in school”.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Alyssa Wil­liams had trou­ble find­ing work un­til she was helped by the Skilling and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre.

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