REACHING GOALS: Brooke Fechner is happy at her new full-time job after struggling to find work.
REACHING GOALS: Brooke Fechner is happy at her new full-time job after struggling to find work. Kate Czerny

Brooke grateful to have secured a full-time traineeship

BROOKE Fechner feels grateful to have secured a full-time traineeship after 12 months of beginning her job search.

She is one of the lucky ones.

The 18-year-old said she was glad to no longer be an Ipswich unemployment statistic but said her path to full time work was not an easy one.

"It is difficult to find a full time job as a young person because employers are looking for someone with experience," she said.

"But many employers won't give those without experience a chance. So how are young people meant to get a job if no one will give them a fair go?"

Before securing her role with Ipswich City Council at Cr David Pahlke's office a month ago, Ms Fechner was working three part-time jobs.

"I was working for one restaurant in Ipswich that only gave me two and a half hour shifts at a maximum so it wasn't even worth the petrol," she said.

"It's definitely frustrating. A lot of my friends are going through the same thing while looking for full time work."

The Rosewood local said getting a steady job had given her a "huge" confidence boost.

"It's awesome," she said.

"I have more confidence and I'll be leaving with a qualification after 12 months which will help me get another job, hopefully within council.

"I'm less stressed and it feels good to have something to go to every day. Now I have a steady income I can start planning the rest of my life."

 

Job seeker tips:

  • Tailor your CV and cover letter to each individual application.
  • Do some volunteering.
  • Ask local businesses for work experience.
  • Follow up job applications with a phone call.
  • Show initiative by introducing yourself to managers in person.

 



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