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CTA Success Story: Fiona Richardson

Fiona Richardson joined our Career Transition Assistance (CTA) program in October 2020 as she needed to build her skills, learn more about searching for jobs and re-assess her career options during a difficult time for those looking for work.

The first step was rebuilding her confidence, which, similar to many mature-aged people, took a hit due to losing employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon commencing in the CTA program, Fiona was very motivated and displayed a willingness to learn and apply the strategies given to her.

After several unsuccessful job applications, Fiona learnt to analyse job ads, write effective cover letters and tailor her resume to specific jobs, as she gained a greater understanding of her goals and her skills.

Five months went by, and despite not finding a job, Fiona maintained a positive attitude and kept at it, continually attending interviews and putting her hat in the ring for suitable roles.

On the week of her 61st birthday, Fiona received one of the best surprises she could’ve hoped for – she was offered a job at the Garvan Institute as an Administrator! Not one to rest on her fantastic achievement, Fiona also enrolled in a Certificate III in Business Administration so that she could continue to learn and excel in her new job.

Claudia Dibiagio, a CTA Facilitator at MTC who worked closely with Fiona, says: “Fiona is living proof that no matter how old you are, if you want to learn and find the right job, you can achieve all that you strive for.”

Congratulations, Fiona – we’re all so proud of you!

Learn more about how our CTA program helps people over 45 find their next job.