Natasha Oliver might be fresh out of high school, but she’s certainly not wasting any time when it comes to her career. With the help of YETI, she’s already worked her way into a traineeship at the Victorian Government Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI).
Natasha is a Trainee Business and Administration Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary (Innovation, Services, Small Business and Technology Division). Since joining the team nearly seven months ago, Natasha’s responsibility has steadily increased. Her tasks include the preparation of a range of briefings, correspondence reports, and agenda items for both Ministerial and Senior Executive meetings, as well as creating purchase orders, facilitating invoice payments, and assisting with the Deputy Secretary’s diary management.
“I have learnt a lot of important skills whilst working here at DSDBI. My role involves a lot of interaction with people, which I really enjoy. Working in the office of the Deputy Secretary has given me the opportunity to work with different people and experience different fields of work,” said Natasha.
Recently at the divisional all staff meeting, Natasha was awarded the employee of the month award by the Minister. The divisional Secretary said, “Natasha provided excellent all round support to our office and her efforts are appreciated by us all.”
Michelle Tan, Assistant Business Manager, who is Natasha’s manager said, “We are all very pleased with Natasha’s strong work ethic and positivity. She’s always keen to learn, and provides assistance to anyone that ask her.”
Prior to her traineeship, Natasha was all set to embark upon a Business Management degree at University when she became disheartened by tales of her peers who, on finishing the same degree, were unable to find full-time employment.
It was then that a friend recommended YETI to Natasha, and she was given the opportunity to attend the Women@Work job readiness program.
The Women@Work program was developed through the support of the Coca Cola Australia Foundation and Skilling Australia Foundation. The program is designed to empower and support disadvantaged young women from the Greater Melbourne area, who are unemployed and between the ages of 17 and 24.
The program begins with a three-week ‘Job-Ready Intensive Program’ where participants complete a Certificate I in Vocational Participation. The focus is on preparing the participants for the ‘real world’ establishing new routines, communication skills, presentation, goal setting and achieving these goals.
During, and at completion of the program, participants work with employment partner, YETI to gain employment through a Traineeship in Business. Key to the success of the program is matching participants to a dedicated mentor to assist throughout the training and introduction to employment.
The Women@Work program is run by the Skilling Australia Foundation and funded by the Coca Cola Australia Foundation. It would not be possible, however, without the backing of corporate Australia by way of offering real jobs to the participants.
Natasha was thrilled to be involved in the Women@Work program. “This was perfect: a program designed specifically for young women who had the same goal and dream as me – to gain a career in business,” said Natasha.
During the Women@Work program, Natasha gained job interview experience, financial management skills, and soft skills such as goal setting, increasing personal effectiveness, and presentation skills.
“The Women@Work program gave me a real confidence boost and has made me feel at home in a business environment. It gave me a chance to make new friends and connections in the business industry. The mock interviews held throughout the program were helpful and gave me a better understanding of what to expect and how to present myself during the real thing. This improvement was one of the key reasons that I was able to land my traineeship with the Victorian Government,” said Natasha.