Geelong job seeker overcomes personal difficulties to teach others
Friday, 10 February, 2017
Mental health had affected job seeker Gayle's ability to stay in
her employment as a nurse and midwife - an industry that she had
worked in for 30 years.
Gayle experienced several family tragedies that caused severe
depression and an inability to perform her normal caring duties. As
a result she faced unemployment for more than two years - but she
wanted to turn her life around and have purpose again.
She was referred to MatchWorks East Geelong and employment
consultant Renee Sack helped connect Gayle to a Certificate IV in
Training and Assessment course with Karingal Training.
Gayle is now employed at Karingal as a sessional trainer using
her nursing knowledge and experience for various courses including
First Aid, CPR and Medications and also modules of the Certificate
IV in Community Services.
She has been teaching for more than 12 months across a number of
Karingal Training locations and is continually supported by
MatchWorks Employment Consultant Samantha Simpson.
"I really loved studying again, learning and having a purpose
again. I always looked after the students when I worked at the
hospital, so I feel this was a good decision. I really enjoy
imparting my knowledge to others," Gayle said.
"MatchWorks has been great and the support is fantastic. Renee
and Sam have been wonderful and have fully understood my mental
health and struggles getting back to work."
A highlight for Gayle so far is taking out the Karingal Training
Champion staff award, voted by students, for fully embracing the
opportunity to teach others.
For more information about MatchWorks contact 1300 132
363 and for more information about Karingal Training contact 1300 582 687 or visit www.karingaltraining.org.au
Pictured below: MatchWorks job seeker Gayle at Karingal
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