Working at Identitywa provided so much more for Brianna than just a job
As a new Bachelor of Psychology graduate, Brianna reflects on the past five years during which she has balanced her study with working part-time at Identitywa.
“One of my closest friends suggested I apply for a job as a support worker while I was studying,” explains Brianna.
“She felt it would suit me as she saw it as an organisation with strong values and forward-thinking practices.
“My primary and secondary education was in *Catholic schools where there is a strong focus on equity and inclusion of all. I think this definitely influenced my interest in disability support work and advocacy in general,” said Brianna.
Brianna was very aware of the importance of working directly with people to maximise her learning experiences as well as having the chance to make a difference to someone’s life.
“As my first part-time job, I have to say my expectations were varied. I was nervous about the amount of new responsibilities I would be given; however, at the same time excited to be a part of such a large and respected organisation that could contribute immensely to both my personal and professional development.”
“Over the past five years, my team leaders and colleagues have always been there for me in all aspects of my role. I truly couldn’t have achieved the outcomes with the people I have supported without this constant guidance and much-valued friendship.
When asked to recall a favourite experience and to share what she will take away from her time at Identitywa, Brianna says: “Ultimately, it’s an incredible feeling knowing that you’ve made any form of positive impact to someone’s life.
“One early memory dear to me is of my very first experience supporting two siblings. Both in their early years of primary school, their goal was to learn how to ride a bicycle. After many weeks of persevering through each of their individual challenges and setbacks, they both, much to their delight, eventually achieved their goal!
“This was such a defining moment for me because of the pure joy and pride I felt for these children achieving a milestone that had been physically and mentally challenging. “This experience stuck with me over the years because it demonstrated so much more than their ability to ride a bike. It demonstrated their defining qualities, like their motivation and goal-orientated behaviour. Qualities which I believe were so important for their ultimate development to be healthy and happy adults.
“As I leave Identitywa, I know that I have learnt so much and I now have the confidence and skills to begin my next chapter as a Child Protection Worker.
“I’ve learnt tolerance and patience and I am much more knowledgeable and understanding of people with varying abilities.
“My Identitywa experiences has taught me how to effectively and practically communicate, which I know will be extremely valuable in my chosen career.
“I can’t thank everyone at Identitywa enough for the opportunity to grow within such a nurturing organisation!
Identitywa is one of WA’s leading agencies supporting people with disability to live the life they choose. With a strong commitment to Person Centred Active Support, staff work in partnership with individuals to explore, plan and design support options to suit their individual needs.
For more information call 9474 3033.
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