YES Case Study: Justin
Having tried careers ranging from a pizza delivery man to working as a chef, Justin signed up with Sarina Russo, a job-finding agency. Through them he learned how to manage job interviews and applied for a Youth Employment Scheme (YES) traineeship.
YES offers Victorians aged 15 to 24 a career kick-start with traineeships and apprenticeships in the Victorian Government. A YES traineeship gives you paid work experience so you can develop your skills and gain qualifications that will lead to ongoing employment.
Justin clearly made a good impression. The day after his interview with YES, he received a phone call inviting him to work.
"That was a little weird, from going to no job at all one day to full-time the next," says Justin.
The skills with computers that Justin attained during high school helped him earn his traineeship. His new role was to be an administrator within the Department for Victorian Communities, the parent department of youthcentral.
As part of the course, Justin also attended Victoria University each Friday where he studied to complete the Certificate IV in Business Administration.
A Welcome Relief
For Justin, the job was a welcome relief from the struggle for an enjoyable job. His initial dream of becoming a chef was dashed as he worked arduous hours weekend after weekend. He then worked as a pizza delivery man in an unfamiliar suburb just to maintain some form of employment.
A change in direction brought Justin to a six month stint at SYN FM. While enjoyable, he eventually had to seek a job with wages.
"When you turn 18, you start paying bills," laughs Justin, now 21.
The friendly environment Justin worked in was the best part of his job. His co-workers were focused but laid-back. His boss was very understanding and went out of her way to help him whenever he asked.
"Going into the city, working at 1 Spring Street, made it easy to get onto the train each morning," smiles Justin.
Making Things Easier
After completing his traineeship, Justin took a well-deserved holiday in Brisbane. Now returned and refreshed, Justin is seeking full-time employment, a task made easier by his time with YES.
As well as his qualifications, Justin is also much more organised as a result of his 12-month course. While he doesn't mind an office job, he is looking for a role within the government again.
"It's the best thing I've ever done, in my career or school or in my whole life!" says Justin.
Knowing that applying for a job is difficult when you are unsure of what you want, Justin offers sensible advice to those seeking employment.
"Don't be too picky, you never know what a job's like," he says. "But set your standards high!"