Help along career path
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.