Watch the video to gain an insight into disability support work.
Michelle tells us about how she got her start, the best parts about the role, what a typical day looks like and more.
How did you get into the sector?
“Initially it was a just a part time job. I was studying primary school teaching at uni – there wasn’t (sic) enough teaching jobs out there. I truly found this as a blessing because I just loved the industry so much, I decided to stay in this role…”
What do you love about your job?
“The people. People who overcome so much and still participate in society and give so much of themselves.”
What does a typical day look like?
“We do a lot of swimming or theme parks. Yesterday we were out at Movie World just having a ball. Anything that any young person would enjoy – we’re out there doing it.”
What skills do you need for the role?
“Be a people person, anything that happens on the day – you just need to roll with it, and make it work. Just definitely being fun, and adventurous and willing to give anything a go.”
What advice would you give to someone looking for a role in the sector?
“It is incredibly rewarding, even through the hard times – you grow. You find out who you are as a person and what you’re capable of. You have so many wonderful experiences (to be a part of).”
What advice would you have for young people looking to start in the sector?
“All those fun things you love to do – there are participants waiting to do it. You have so much fun and energy to bring to this sector and that’s just what’s most needed.”