New skills lead to job confidence
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”.
Alyssa Williams had trouble finding work until she was helped by the Skilling and Employment Centre.