By Tanya O'Shea, IMPACT Community Services Managing Director
As the year begins to wind up, many of us are looking forward to some well-deserved time off from our jobs and what is often referred to as the “daily grind”.
For most, the word “Christmas” conjures images of family lunches, cricket on the tv and sun-soaked beach trips that end with an ice-cream and an afternoon siesta.
But other members of the community rely on this period to gain seasonal work to help get them and their families through the financial demands associated with the holidays.
Fortunately, there are services available to help link people to employment opportunities that can lead to full-time jobs.
Our Transition to Work team are an important arm of the IMPACT organisation that are dedicated to assisting job seekers aged 15-24.
Over an 18-month period TtW offers free coaching, pathways to education and employment, and mentoring to help job seekers sustain employment for the long term.
Young people can also participate in a group-based workshop run by our Youth Coaches that focuses on building resilience, mindset, character, positivity and support to make finding and keeping a job attainable.
Participants have found the social aspect and connecting with others in similar situations incredibly beneficial to their wellbeing.
Bundaberg has been identified as a region with a high unemployment rate, but there are jobs out there, right now, ready for the taking. The hospitality, retail and farming sectors are calling out for workers at the moment, and our TtW team are eager to help fill those positions.
With high school students and university graduates wrapping up their studies, now is the time to gain experience before pursuing plans for 2021.
Applying for seasonal work can sometimes be met with a “why bother” attitude for young people, considering the employment period has an expiry date. But it’s important to remember that all experience is valuable, and a short stint of seasonal work could provide an advantage over other applicants down the track, not to mention the added value of having a reference on your resume.
For those young people looking for work, there are jobs out there, and there is support available. Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid of giving up a few days of summer – it could lead to sustainable employment.