Meet Our A Team – Kim
In our latest of our staff series, we’ll be introducing you to some of the fantastic faces at AimBig Employment. In this article, we’ll be meeting Kim and hearing about her life as a Job Coach in the Peninsula Region of Victoria.
Why did you choose to work in employment services?
I previously worked in Emergency Relief and dealt with clients in crisis and homeless providing weekly food and bill relief. I chose to work in employment services to help people in the next phase of their lives, once they are no longer in crisis, to help them secure employment, create their careers and establish their financial independence and dreams.
What does a day in the life of your role look like?
Speaking with my participants, guiding and supporting them in finding and sustaining employment, addressing their barriers with them and helping them find their confidence in their own skills and abilities.
Being on the front line as a job coach must be rewarding. Do you have any success stories you can share?
When I started with Aimbig Employment one of my participants had severe agoraphobia, she had not left the house for over 2 years, she was living at home with her parents and was not job ready.
In the last 8 months since I completed her Initial appointment, we have built her confidence, I have supported her, and she has been able to access mental health services and medication.
She is now living out of home and renting with her partner, she is working and has held her job for 4 weeks, she was able to book a holiday with her partner and go do all the tourist things while they were there, and she and her partner have just bought a car together this week.
What’s something people may not know about you?
I was recently told I am a philomath, a lover of learning and studying. I see it more as a sucker for punishment! I am a qualified Bookkeeper, and I am currently studying Certificate IV in Community Services and Diploma of Child Psychology.