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Karla has realised her dream of gaining ongoing employment at a business she loves with a little help from genU.

Karla finished Year 12 in Adelaide last year. She then went on to complete a Certificate III in Childcare before starting a Certificate III in Education Support.

Following her graduation, the School Leaver Employment Support (SLES) participant worked with genU to explore and develop her employment pathways.

genU Employment Coordinators helped Karla identify areas of interest and current strengths, then began a skill development program.

employment skills stock handlingTogether, Karla and her genU support team reviewed and updated her resume, practised employment interviews and worked on resilience and team work.

Karla soon undertook her own job search, and contacted her favourite retail store Allingtons Outpost who agreed to an interview. Allingtons’ HR manager and store manager were so impressed by Karla, they offered her a work trial which led to casual employment.

“It has been amazing because now I can take care of myself without needing to rely on Mum all the time. Another amazing thing about starting my first job is that I have met some amazing people,” Karla said.

“I used to be very shy, but now I have started working and I have become more confident with myself. The staff there are unbelievable and they have supported me so much.”

Karla said genU helped build her confidence and resilience in her search for employment.

“Two times a week we would catch up and discuss what to do next, we would make phone calls to companies – they have been such amazing people to work with” she said.

For more information about how genU assists SLES participants in their journey to work, contact us today.

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