We want to introduce you to Sophie. Sophie is one of our dedicated Support Mentors, working in our ParentsNext team in the Hunter region. 

Recently we caught up with Sophie to find out more about Sophie’s journey with Bamara. 

Welcome Sophie! Tell us a little about yourself and your role at Bamara. 

My name is Sophie, and I’m a ParentsNext Support Mentor at Bamara. I work in the Hunter region with the most amazing team. My team leader Steph has taught me everything I know, and I am still learning to get better every day thanks to her. 

What are some of your hobbies and interests? 

I don’t really have hobbies except sleeping and eating sushi. But I have two daughters who I love more than anything in the world, and we like to go on adventures. 

What three words would other people use to describe you? 

Ambitious, funny, and down to earth. 

What led you into this line of work? 

I came to an appointment with Bamara (as a participant) and met Tarlia. I advised Tarlia and Amanda that I want to do what they do, help people. A month later, I had an interview with Steph and Amanda and started my first day on my birthday! 

What services does ParentsNext provide for participants? 

ParentsNext supports parents in taking steps toward realistic study or employment goals without the pressure. We offer plenty of support- sometimes all people need is someone to call and vent to. 

What does a typical day at Bamara look like for you?

Lots of appointments, lots of phone calls, lots of laughs. 

I see and speak with many participants, and it makes my day go super fast. I love working and creating rapport with the participants to help them achieve their goals. 

What is your favourite thing about working for Bamara? 

Working amongst such a great team and watching our participants grow and gain more confidence along the way. 

How has Bamara helped your professional development?

Bamara has given me so many opportunities I would never have dreamed of. It’s never a chore to get out of bed and come to work. 

What is the best career advice you’ve received?

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. AKA be nice, we are all human, and it doesn’t cost you anything to be a friendly person.

Do you have any advice for someone looking to get into a similar line of work?

Do it! And if it ends up being not your cup of tea, at least you can say you tried.