Joreen was interested in working in the aged care sector and with the help of ParentsNext, started studying a Certificate III – in Individual Support (Aged Care), late in 2019.
Due to COVID-19, Joreen was unable to complete the practical placement of the course because facilities had stopped taking placements. She was also unable to sit for her driver’s licence, which she wanted to do to gain more independence as well as help her with getting to future job opportunities, as tests were put on hold.
Joreen and her ParentsNext consultant at Women’s Health and Family Services decided to adjust her goals and focus on preparing to find employment when COVID-19 restrictions had eased. So Joreen received assistance to prepare a quality resume and cover letter.
Once COVID-19 restrictions eased, her ParentsNext consultant helped Joreen find an Aged Care facility to complete her practical placement. Joreen started a new role as a support worker in early 2021. Talking about her new role, Joreen said, “I know my residents are extremely grateful to have a place where they can keep their dignity and independence for as long as possible, and I think it is great”.
Joreen has also obtained her Driver’s Licence and is happy and grateful to have achieved her goals – in spite of the challenges and disruptions due to COVID-19.
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