What inspired you to work in the Individual Support Industry?
Ever since I could remember, I’ve always had a passion for caring or something along the lines of helping someone who is dependant. I had one particular client who I had a really strong connection with that opened my eyes to view the world differently- I think that’s where educating individuals had started.
Describe your role as a Disability Trainer:
My role as a Disability trainer is ensuring my students are familiar with the course content, regular communication and support, discussing any questions about assessments which they are working on, upskilling their qualification, queries regarding work placement, job opportunities and career expectations. I also will support my students until they feel confident to gain competency in that task.
Why do you believe h&h is a great college to enrol into?
I believe at h&h there is a great amount of support from not only the trainer but from every person within the college. h&h is a family-owned business and is proud to have a well-known reputation due to the customers satisfaction. h&h also provides 4 different modes of study so the student has options to complete their study with confidence.
What advice would you give your students whilst studying?
- Don’t be afraid to ask if you are unsure and if you aren’t sure, speak up. There is always someone to help you.
- Challenge yourself! You never know your strengths and capabilities until you have a go
What do you do to maintain mental health and wellness?
Take my 2 dogs for a walk, get fresh air, and listen to music. Doing all 3 at the same time is a good strategy to minimising stress. Taking breaks is very important to clear your mind.
What does a usual day at work look like for you?
I start my day with a cup of coffee and look at my tasks that I need to do. I may have appointments or visiting my students to assess them in the workplace. Students also regularly submit assessments online or hard copies, I will mark them throughout the day.
What is your favourite part of teaching?
Seeing a student of mine feel satisfied in the work they have presented and when they get positive feedback, it helps them to be motivated with their next assessment/task. I also like visiting students on work placement when they are putting their knowledge into skills.
How did you become a Trainer/Assessor? What led you to this role?
I thought it would be rewarding to teach individuals what I know and pass on my knowledge/tips to being a caring support worker. I have had trainers/lecturers who have taught me things and I’ve never forgotten the information and them! I would love to know that I have been an inspiration to a student of mine
Why do you believe people should work in the Individual Support industry?
The supporting industry is forever seeking support workers who are caring and helpful, who are willing to listen and enjoy helping someone. Being a part of the support industry, you don’t feel as though it’s a job because you enjoy your time and establishing connections with people who just want a friend.
What did you do prior to working in the Disability Industry?
I worked in Aged Care for 6 years in several nursing homes and did support work for 4 years whilst studying which led me to the education industry. (I worked part time in a pharmacy when I was 17 also).
Did you plan to have a career in teaching?
No, my initial plan was to become a Registered Nurse. It was only 3 years ago I decided to complete my Training and Assessment to further my career.