Job ig­no­rance now bliss

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS -

THREE-and-a-half years ago Jes­sica Bri­ers ap­plied for a job not know­ing that it would change her life.

The 25-year-old sup­port ser­vices se­nior dis­abil­ity worker from New Nor­folk first ap­plied for her job not know­ing what the role was ac­tu­ally for.

“When I ap­plied for the job I didn’t ac­tu­ally know it was a dis­abil­ity com­pany so I had to Google it on my way there,” she said.

“But now I love it. Ab­so­lutely love it. Be­ing able to have fun and sup­port the peo­ple.

“We do a lot of art and craft, a lot of danc­ing, mu­sic and we have a lot of fun.

“It is great that they can be em­pow­ered and have some con­trol over their lives.

“It feels em­pow­er­ing def­i­nitely. Ac­tive sup­port is def­i­nitely my pas­sion.

“I wouldn’t want to do any­thing else.”

She has since gone on to great things within her role at Mo­saic (for­merly Star/ Cos­mos) where she cur­rently as­sists in the care of five in­di­vid­u­als in Clare­mont and has seen her work re­warded by be­ing an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the Tas­ma­nian Young Achiever Awards in the Tad­pac Print Ser­vice to the Dis­abil­ity Sec­tor cat­e­gory.

“I was over the moon [at be­com­ing a fi­nal­ist],” she said. “I couldn’t be­lieve ini­tially just be­ing nom­i­nated. I’d like to win but there are some amaz­ing peo­ple [in the fi­nals]. I’ve read ev­ery­thing about ev­ery­one else and they’ve done some amaz­ing things.”

She was nom­i­nated by her ser­vice man­ager Anita O’Brien, who said the work Miss Bri­ers had done since be­ing with Mo­saic has been out­stand­ing.

“She al­ways puts her hand up for any vol­un­teer work that we need or ex­tra help,” she said. “She’s cer­tainly got the feel for the job. She’s done cert 3, cert 4 and now she’s do­ing her di­ploma. All within three­and-a-half years, which is re­ally re­mark­able for some­one to ac­tu­ally do that.

“She’s also re­cently acted in my po­si­tion as well, which is a rather young act­ing ser­vice man­ager.”

The award win­ners will be an­nounced at Wrest Point Casino on April 8.

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