Help with ca­reer

Hills Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL -

YOUNG peo­ple look­ing for work in a tough mar­ket are urged to reach for help through a new on­line ser­vice at headspace.

The not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion is work­ing with busi­nesses to pair peo­ple aged 17-24 with an ex­pe­ri­enced ca­reer pro­fes­sional in their field.

Re­gional and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties un­able to ac­cess tra­di­tional ca­reer ser­vices are ex­pected to ben­e­fit most from the dig­i­tal in­dus­try men­tor ser­vice.

Headspace chief ex­ec­u­tive Ja­son Trethowan said the busi­ness part­ner­ship en­abled young peo­ple to get per­son­alised oneon-one in­dus­try ca­reer ad­vice.

“Across headspace, al­most one third of young peo­ple aged 17-24 ac­cess­ing ser­vices are dis­en­gaged with work, which in turn can sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact their men­tal health,” he said.

The ini­tia­tive pro­vides a twoway learn­ing op­por­tu­nity for the mentee and the men­tor.

Staff are trained in youth men­tal health first aid, which can be im­ple­mented in the work­place to sup­port col­leagues.

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