JOB BRINGS FREE­DOM AND IN­DE­PEN­DENCE

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

JAI An­drew is rev­el­ling in his new job, his first af­ter a num­ber of years job seek­ing.

Mr An­drew, 23, of Mt Druitt, said that af­ter he fin­ished high school he en­joyed his new-found free­dom but slipped into bad habits such as sleep­ing-in and got be­hind the eight­ball se­cur­ing a job.

Since get­ting a job at Hakka, an Asian food com­pany, three months ago Mr An­drew be­lieves he is more free than ever be­cause he isn’t re­liant on Cen­tre­link pay­ments.

“I now have a lot more free­dom than when I wasn’t work­ing,” he said.

“Now I don’t have that worry about ‘oh no this is my off week and I don’t have any money’.

“I am able to buy my food a week ahead af­ter I get paid and I bud­get for ev­ery­thing else.”

Mr An­drew se­cured his job with the help of Sa­rina Russo job place­ment and re­cruit­ment in Mt Druitt.

He works in the fac­tory com­plet­ing qual­ity as­sur­ance tasks and clean­ing, and help­ing other new starters get go­ing.

One notable ob­sta­cle he has al­ready over­come since start­ing is a lan­guage bar­rier. Many em­ploy­ees at Hakka are Chi­nese and don’t speak flu­ent English.

“At work we don’t speak much, we use one word or a sen­tence and then hand ges­tures,” Mr Andrews said.

Job place­ment of­fi­cer Ryan Mur­phy said Mr An­drew was al­ways con­fi­dent of work­ing his way around the lan­guage bar­rier and was ea­ger to get into work. “His first day hap­pened out of the blue be­cause some­one couldn’t come in so I called him and with four hours no­tice he was able to get to work,” Mr Mur­phy said.

Mr An­drew is work­ing five days as a ca­sual but is on the path to a full­time po­si­tion. He is now sav­ing to cover an apart­ment rental bond.

Pic­ture: David Swift

Jai An­drew has gained em­ploy­ment through Sa­rina Russo at Mt Druitt.

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