How Brooklyn reached her goal

How Brooklyn reached her goal

To achieve her goal of attending university, Brooklyn knew she would need to move from her home town to seek out bigger opportunities in a bigger city.

Brooklyn Rose is a proud, 20-year-old Ngemba woman from Brewarrina, 800km North-West of Sydney. It has a population of just 1651 people, and over 60 per cent are Aboriginal.

“My goal is to work in criminal law because I want to be able to help people, especially Aboriginal people.”

When she arrived in Sydney, finding entry-level work with the flexibility to allow her to study was a challenge.

“There were so many job opportunities in Sydney but every single one of them required at least one-year experience in that field, and I didn’t have the experience,” says Brooklyn.

The opportunity

When she came across WorkVentures, Brooklyn discovered an opportunity to complete a 12-month traineeship with Uniting Local Area Coordination (LAC) program, assisting people with disability to connect with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and access supports and services in the community.

“My biggest goal when I was seeking employment was to find a workplace where I would be happy, challenged and grow personally and professionally,” says Brooklyn.

“Uniting has provided each and every one of these opportunities to me during my traineeship. I have learnt many things while I’ve been here and I’ve had the pleasure of being part of a company that drives social change and is willing to not only help their customers, but to help each other.”

As a result of this WorkVentures traineeship at Uniting, Brooklyn now has a Certificate III in business.

Gaining experience

An avid writer, Brooklyn shares one of the opportunities she enjoyed the most during the traineeship was writing for the LAC program staff e-newsletter.

“After moving from the Management Systems team to the Operations team, there were a lot more writing tasks. Writing is something I really love to do,” shares Brooklyn.

“I interviewed the leadership team, and those interviews went out to staff across the program.”

Brooklyn is one of two trainees who completed their 12-month traineeship with the Uniting LAC program in 2018. She has accepted an offer to continue working with Uniting part time as she begins studying a Bachelor of Law at UTS.

This year, two young Aboriginal trainees will follow in Brooklyn’s footsteps. Throughout the program, WorkVentures trainees will gain experience with different Uniting LAC teams and will be mentored by leadership staff. To support transition to employment, Uniting HR specialists provide specialist training on resume writing, preparing their LinkedIn profile, and interview skills.

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Pictured above (L-R): Chloe Little, Recruitment Business Partner; Sara Mumbulla, WorkVentures Program Graduate; Deb Lee, LAC Project Officer; Brooklyn Rose, Operations Support Officer.

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