Caitlyn’s motivation and determination have enabled her to achieve some lofty goals to build her skills, obtain a learner’s driving licence and ultimately gain employment. The ParentsNext participant, and mum-of-three, cites confidence the biggest factor in her success.
Caitlyn said My Pathway had supported her to build confidence and access opportunities to enhance her employability.
“Having someone to support my development and my goals is the greatest benefit of the ParentsNext program. I was offered good courses, such as Careers in Demand, which helped me explore different job options, create a cover letter and resume and prepare for interviews,” she said.
“The boost to my confidence has made a huge difference in going after jobs that interest me.”
Since she welcomed her first child in 2018, Caitlyn had set personal goals to improve her career prospects through training, get her driver’s licence and secure employment in retail or hospitality.
“I recently got a retail role with the Reject Shop and I’m loving it. I’m the first person customers see when they enter the store,” she said.
“I feel good, I feel ready and have already impressed my manager with some product displays. Maybe over time I can keep working towards being a supervisor.”
Caitlyn added that she had still been working on her goals and supported by her My Pathway consultant.
“I’m looking forward to getting the kids into more days of care so I can take on more shifts. I’m saving for a car and full licence, so I don’t have to rely on the bus,” she said.
“I just hope other Indigenous girls will see me and believe they can achieve their goals too.
“I keep coming back to a quote that says, if you can dream it, you can do it. This generation acts so clueless but I’m here to prove that we all can create a brighter future.”
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