Job ignorance now bliss
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.