Case Study - Ian Campbell - Deakin University
Experience for Work - Getting that all important foot in the door
A New Start
Ian Campbell decided to make the move from Mudgee, NSW down to Geelong to be closer to his ageing parents, and because “there were not a lot of opportunities for my wife and children. “I knew Geelong, I grew up in Corio; and so I knew there was a lot happening here.” Trawling for contacts and a way to try his ICT skills in a Geelong workplace, Ian found a Facebook post on Geelong Careers’ Facebook page, introducing Experience for Work.
The value of experience
With Sue as the placement coordinator, Ian went on to do a short term experience with Toby Durden from Deakin. It was just the boost his confidence and experience needed. “I got a lot of information about skills sets, what is required and what is happening in the area. Toby encouraged me to believe that employment was on my horizon, so I felt positive.” Toby encouraged Ian to keep looking for work. “A short time later I got called in to the Australian Bureau of Statistics for an interview and then offered a Geelong based position. Perfect. I’m selling the house in
NSW, and moving everyone down here.”
Ian gained a lot from his involvement in Experience for Work. “Up until this program I didn’t know about the range of jobs, the opportunity within the ICT industry in Geelong. Experience for Work let me see it hands on, gave me much better insights. “
Experience for Work - works!
Sue Smith from the GRLLEN thrives on helping people like Ian. “Making good matches gives me such a buzz. It’s great matching the employer with a career seeker!”
I like giving people an insight into an industry they are trying to get into, no matter what that industry is. I like building people’s contacts, giving them something great to add to their resume."