Georgia-Rose has set her sights on a future in disability services, after her job at EPIC Maryborough sparked a newfound passion. Georgia-Rose has been completing the work experience component of her Certificate II in Business in EPIC Maryborough’s reception area.
“I answer the phones, cover reception and help the consultants out with any work they need doing. Doing this traineeship has given me a good head start and experience in the industry,” says Georgia-Rose.
Georgia-Rose’s life has always been touched by disability, but only by supporting EPIC’s Employment Consultants, asking questions and being exposed to the industry through EPIC did she consider it as a possible career.
“My sister has a severe disability, and helping people with disability is something I feel strongly about,” explains Georgia-Rose.
“I’d love to keep working here, and maybe become an Employment Consultant or work with people with disability in some way.”
Georgia-Rose enjoyed her experience studying with EPIC Education Assist so much she is now looking at completing a Certificate III in Individual Support.
“My Certificate II went really well. My trainer was there to help me out with some questions that I didn’t understand,” explains Georgia-Rose.
“My studies were mostly online, and sometimes my trainer came in-person to teach me.”
Georgia-Rose brings a unique lived experience to her role at EPIC, as she has had to conquer a few challenges of her own to get where she is.
“This was my first job it took a little bit of adjusting getting used to,” says Georgia-Rose.
“Being motivated to go to work and form relationships with new people was difficult initially, as I would suffer from anxiety when faced with meeting new people.”
But with determination and willpower, Georgia-Rose has come through the other side with an abundance of new skills and strong friendships.
“I love it here; the staff are so good to work with, and have always been so welcoming,” says Georgia-Rose.
“The nature of this role means I’m dealing with new people constantly, and that has helped me deal with my anxiety better. I feel proud with what I have accomplished.”