Wowok commenced MTC’s Career Transition Assistance program in March 2020 (face-to-face training), and shortly after transitioned to online classes to complete the program.
Wowok had previously been in cleaning and customer service roles, and although he was very enthusiastic about re-entering the workforce, he was not clear about his goals.
His trainer recommended he apply at Woolworths, as this large organisation would give him scope to explore different parts of the business and opportunities.
Within two weeks of online training, Wowok started casual work at Paddington Metro (Woolworths), and was soon working across different departments. His hours were regular initially, however, shortly after his hours were decreased due to accommodating employment for former Qantas and Virgin staff.
Despite his disappointment and frustration, he persisted and continued to contact managers for more hours. He is now working full-time at Woolworths in Double Bay (coffee shop) and has been advised that in a couple of months he may be promoted to Supervisor.
In a recent letter Wowok sent to our Marrickville team, he wrote “At my age it’s difficult to find a job even though I have many skills, as lots of companies want Higher Education Certificates. When I started the [CTA] program it was so amazing, it gave me a lot of tips and information about jobs, helped me make resumes for different fields and [gave me] knowledge about job interviews.
“My trainer was really kind, lovely and so helpful. She gave me a lot of knowledge and tricks, and helped me make resumes for different jobs I applied for. She supported me when I was in difficult times and struggled to find my pathway, and she gave me confidence and instructions with which pathway to choose.
“I really support the CTA program for people who need knowledge and information to find new pathways or want to change their career because they’re bored with doing the same activity/job for a long period.”
Learn more about MTC’s Career Transition Assistance program here.