Annie Kennedy, a Shepparton local, was out of the workforce for 15 years, raising her five children. At the point when all her kids were at school, Annie was ready to look for work again, but with no qualifications and such a long time out of employment, she felt daunted by the prospect.

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“I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. I had no idea how to write a resume.”

 Annie working at RIAC – Rights, Information Advocacy Centre with Daryl Sloan, Manager, RIAC

Annie working at RIAC – Rights, Information Advocacy Centre with Daryl Sloan, Manager, RIAC

Before having children, Annie worked in a takeaway shop, but after years at home cooking for people she did not want to go back into hospitability and food service. She decided a career in community services would offer her a broad range of opportunities.

Annie enrolled to study community welfare. At the same time, she sought help from Jobs Victoria Partner Qualify who supported her to develop a resume and get job ready.

“Once I got that help, everything just fell into place.”

With help from Qualify, Annie successfully gained a role as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advocate at RIAC – Rights, Information Advocacy Centre in Shepparton.  In this role Annie supports Indigenous clients and their families through home visits and assessments.

Annie is doing extremely well in her role and is happy working in the community services field.

“My 13-year-old son now wants to do something along the lines of what mum does, to be an advocate for people and help them, so I’m very proud of that.”

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