From 2010 to 2014 I worked with Guaranteeing Futures (GF), initially as a full-time Pathway Planning Officer, and more recently as a Youth Transition Officer. Before that I was a Project Officer with SCOPE LCP. There I facilitated partnerships with business and industry, education and community stakeholders to create careers awareness programs for young people from 55 schools in southern Tasmania.
This unique combination has helped me gain a wide overview of the employment and further education challenges facing young Tasmanians today.
I encourage young people to stretch themselves. By setting goals outside their comfort zone and building an appetite for on-going further education, they can not only increase their employment options but also empower their lives.
During my three years as a Pathway Planning Officer at five schools in southeastern Tasmania, I have helped more than 500 young people individually explore how their passions could lead to a career, and how to identify achievable steps to make that happen.
As one of only two Youth Transition Officers in the GF team in southern Tasmania, I went on to work with young people who were either at risk of, or had already disengaged from mainstream education. By discussing with them their complex barriers to engagement and through encouraging and supporting their re-engagement, I have been able to assist many to enrol at a college or find alternative education options better suited to their learning style.
However, the unusual nature of my earlier career pathway, and the doors that opened for me through following my passion changed how I viewed opportunities. It was this more than anything that motivated me to help young Tasmanians identify and plot their own pathways and career goals.