Help along ca­reer path

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UN­EM­PLOYED peo­ple who are strug­gling to find di­rec­tion in their ca­reers of­ten just need a push in the right di­rec­tion. So be­lieves Cen­tre­link ca­reer in­for­ma­tion a d v i s e r Cathy San­der­son, who loves to see the re­ac­tion on clients’ faces when she helps them fol­low a ca­reer path they never thought was pos­si­ble.

Ms San­der­son pro­vides a free ser­vice to peo­ple of any age and who do not have to be re­ceiv­ing Cen­tre­link pay­ments.

She talks to clients about ca­reer goals and hopes for their work­ing life, which com­ple­ments their ques­tion­naire re­sults.

‘‘These don’t take too long and they iden­tify a per­son’s key in­ter­ests,’’ she says.

‘‘ We dis­cuss the out­comes and what ca­reers would best suit those in­ter­ests.

‘‘Many times I’ve had cus­tomers say: ‘Wow, I never thought about that ca­reer, I think that would re­ally suit me’.’’

She says ev­ery cus­tomer has a dif­fer­ent story and she has been able to help peo­ple achieve some in­spir­ing out­comes in, at times, dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

These in­clude find­ing new path­ways for work­ers who are de­spon­dent at not be­ing ac­cepted into their de­sired uni­ver­sity course or do not have the high school grades or qualifications to pur­sue fur­ther study.

She also pro­vides ad­vice for work­ers who have es­tab­lished ca­reers in the work­force.

‘‘Many peo­ple have worked in these fields for 20 years-plus and then one day they sud­denly wake up and re­alise they never re­ally wanted to work in that field to be­gin with,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a big de­ci­sion, a sig­nif­i­cant life­style change, but it’s at­tain­able and I can show them the way to get there.’’

Ap­point­ments for the one hour ses­sions are es­sen­tial and can be made by call­ing 1800 662 736.

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