Kate has moved back to Australia !
After spending over 6 amazing years in New Zealand we decided to move back to Australia. I really miss the great friendships I made and of course the fantastic New Zealand landscape. Although, I am so excited to be back home with family and relearning about Australian skills and jobs.
My work experiences in New Zealand has given me new insights into the differences in getting work are in different countries, even countries as closely linked as Australia and New Zealand. With every change is a new learning experience and understanding, this is certainly how it is for me now, as I juggle working and caring for our son. It is certainly very busy but it has also given me a lot more empathy for our young mum clients who are sorting out child care, immunizations, flexible work arrangements, school or daycare pickup and all the other issues around having children and working. my time management, organisational skills, and negotiation skills have been well all used. I can draw from these experiences to help you with your career decisions.
I discovered I liked helping others to achieve their career goals when I started working with people with a disability, assisting individuals into the workforce and other mainstream organisations. I am committed to empowering others to overcome the scary and confusing feelings of choosing a career, by providing access to a professional and accessible career service for rural and regional people. It is hard to know where to start when there is too much information, too many courses, too many pathways to each job, too many jobs that you have never heard of. That is where a career counsellor and skills coach can support and guide you.
I have a worked in a variety of positions, in schools, with people with a disability , in program management within an international volunteer organisation and as an interior designs seamstress. I am a firm believer that every position gives you different transferable skills. None of my work experience is wasted, rather it informs my current work in so many valuable ways.
Having a fulfilling career has made me happier and more in control in other aspects of my life and I think it’s important that all people, particularly girls and women, have the opportunity to access different resources and services to achieve their career goals. Looking outside the square and finding different pathways for career opportunities is something that I am excited to explore with clients who don’t have the typical career experience.
Finally, it is my absolute belief that lack of physical access should not disadvantage people in regional areas, something that I found was a real issue when I was wanting to meet with career practitioners (and other services) when I was younger.
All of my education, work experience and life experience has lead me to this – empowering others to work towards the career they want and/or to manage the one they have.