YES Case Study: Rachael


RachaelRachael doesn't believe in settling for second best.

So after being unsatisfied working as receptionist, cleaner and general jill-of- all-trades at a motel, she decided to find a more rewarding position.

Rachael applied for a Youth Employment Scheme traineeship at the Department of Sustainability and Environment in Warrnambool after seeing the program advertised in her local newspaper.

Lyneve Whiting, Community Engagement Network project manager , said Rachael stood out among the candidates vying for the 12-month traineeship.

"Something in her written application stood out and appealed to some core values of myself and our organisation, despite not originally short-listed by the recruitment agency," Lyneve said.

"In the interview she was very shy, but articulate and sharp in her responses.

"After a couple of months, she came out of herself and just blossomed in the role and extended the type of work far beyond original design."

Rachael also finished both her Certificate II and III in Business Administration during her traineeship and was selected for Rotary's South West Rylah Youth Leadership Program.

Lyneve said the nature of her work meant that she was often out of the office - sometimes up to four days - and Rachael provided her with excellent support.

"Working with Rachael as our Victoriaworks trainee was an extremely positive and personally rewarding experience. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to contribute to her growth and I also feel proud of what she has achieved."

Today Rachael is working in a position she loves as a legal secretary.

She encouraged others not to lose sight of their goal should they face obstacles.

"Just keep trying, there is something out there," she said. "Don't settle for something that is less than what you want to do. You have to be prepared to say 'this job is not suitable' and move on if you are not happy."

Find out more about the Youth Employment Scheme.