Jessica adds employment to her growing list of achievements
Jessica is proud to work at a department store, balancing motherhood, personal care, and career development.ParentsNext Read more
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Chloe has some simple advice that we could all learn from.
“If you get given opportunities, take them,” she says. “It changes a lot of things.”
After growing up on a property near idyllic Lake Bennett, halfway between Darwin and Adelaide River, Chloe moved north to Palmerston about four years ago. That was a significant change; a more considerable change came the following year when she gave birth to her daughter.
While life as a parent is busy (especially when your little one is a “threenager”, as Chloe describes her), there can still be opportunities to enter the workforce and make a difference to the community.
Chloe has worked with several Support Mentors at the Palmerston office of Bamara and feels that she has gained many opportunities from participation in ParentsNext.
Chloe’s Support Mentors encouraged her to start studying, and Bamara provided further financial help available through ParentsNext for Certificate III training in Individual Support (Disability) as well as Education Support. Chloe is currently completing her work placement as part of training for her Certificate III in Education Support at a local primary school.
Chloe is currently completing her work placement as part of training for her Certificate III in Education Support at a local primary school.
“I really enjoy being with the kids. To be honest, it is so interesting and rewarding that it doesn’t feel like work. The best part is those moments when I am able to help kids out in different situations, teach them new things and see the excitement on their faces.”
Bamara assisted Chloe with obtaining her Ochre Card (Working With Children), and she is currently in the process of getting First Aid certification, again with support sourced through ParentsNext.
“I have found ParentsNext very good for helping me get onto things. Everyone has been so helpful and always understanding of my situation,” Chloe says.
“My main goal has been to get into support work. I would really like to work as a classroom aide for children with disabilities. Helping those kids is really appealing to me. Everyone is different, but I am learning concepts that will help me make kids with disabilities feel like they belong.”
With the support of ParentsNext, Chloe now has several new opportunities to do great things – but it is to her credit that she is taking the options, changing her life and improving the lives of others.