Disability support a rewarding career move
KAMALA Sivijs has always been involved in the community but a shift into the disability sector three years ago has been a most rewarding decision.
The ARC Disability Services support worker started work experience at the Manunda facility and was offered a permanent part-time position soon after completing a Certificate III in Disability Services.
“I work with a highly motivated team, I’m always learning new skills and it is very rewarding,” Ms Sivijs said.
“The smiles, the finishing of a task — it’s the enthusiasm of our clients that keeps me going. You tend to know their quirks and their sense of humour.”
The former youth group and play group co-ordinator helps run more than 40 programs for clients mild to severe physical and intellectual impairments.
Jobs range from teaching cooking and hygiene to co-ordinating day trips to the movies and art centres. Ms Sivijs said those who chose a career in disability support had to have a “special heart”.
“I’ve always been very much within the community,” she said. “I’m a people person. I love it.”
HEART IN JOB: ARC Disability Services disability support worker Kamala Sivijs in the beauty and hygiene class with Casey Siggs.