Kane’s taking the next step in his career

From searching for work, to a successful career helping other do the same, our Youth Support Mentor is taking the next step in his career and achieving his long-term goal of supporting youth in the Indigenous community.

We spoke to Kane about his journey with Mai-Wel.

“I had an initial appointment with Mai-Wel in 2021. I was hesitant to come in because I honestly thought I was fine. I was working casually and trying to complete a Certificate IV in Youth Work. Straight away my Youth Support Mentor (YSM) and I discussed my dream goal, which was indigenous youth work.

“After two appointments at Mai-Wel I was asked by if I’d like to apply for a position that was actually available at Mai-Wel. I attended the interview with hopes that I’d be successful but thought as I had no experience, it may let me down.

“I received a call about a week later letting me know that I had been unsuccessful, but they wanted to offer me a traineeship!”

Kane worked at Mai-Wel to complete his traineeship as a Youth Support Mentor, helping people just like himself to address barriers, build skills and enter into employment, training or education.

“Working as a Youth Support Mentor at Mai-Wel has given me experience and knowledge around working with Youth in a formal setting, how to link them to the appropriate services, help build their capacity, and things like that.”

Now, Kane is moving on from Mai-Wel to work towards his long-term career goal, supporting young indigenous people and their families to gain stable housing.

“I feel like I’ve achieved everything I could’ve asked for and my team here at Mai-Wel has been awesome.”

Kane’s advice to others who feel a little lost trying to get into the job market?

“Keep looking! There’s a job for everyone out there and sometimes it just takes more times than others.”

Take the next step in your career with Mai-Wel.

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