Video Transcript

Caption: Stephanie Maloney - Youth Cadet, Grampians Region - Regional Development Victoria

Hi. I’m Stephanie Maloney.  I’m 20 years old.  I work in the Regional Development Victoria office in Ballarat which, as part of the Youth Cadetship Scheme which is a fantastic new initiative for Jobs Victoria.

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When I first left school I wanted to go to university.

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But as soon as I moved out of home money became an issue and that’s what led me to getting a job.

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However, it is really difficult to get a job, a full-time job especially, to pay your way in life when you have no experience, no certifications.

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You’ve still got so many people who are so well qualified applying for these positions, which is what led me to the cadetship.

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The cadetship is really aimed at getting young people, who are part of the traineeship program into another program.  And at the end of the cadetship you should be as well qualified as anyone else to get a full-time position in the Victoria public sector.

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My personal tenure is two years.  I get my 12 months doing a rotation and getting my certificate in government.

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And then the second 12 months is me really finding my niche, finding what works for me, and getting my teeth into a position.

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I feel the mentoring that I have received in the regional placement has been fantastic. They had a plan for me.  They had an idea of where I’d be.

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But they never once treated me as though I was just a cadet.

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I was always involved in the process of exactly what I wanted to do.  I was given every opportunity that I asked for.

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I’d say to anyone trying to get from school into a job is really keep your options open. Nothing is to below you.

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You need to be willing to work hard and show that you are willing to work hard to get someone’s attention.  I mean no-one’s going to give you the CEO job straight out of high school.

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But saying that, shake the world.  You have perfectly, fantastic ideas that the world is just waiting for.

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Don’t let people tell you that you can’t do things.  Don’t let people tell you that you don’t know how it works.  Because before you know it you’re going to be the one dictating how things work.

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So don’t let anybody tell you you can’t do it.

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