Let’s take a look at some recent BSSC students who took ‘cold calling’ to a whole new level & had some outstanding outcomes with regard to their own jobseeking endeavours

Daniel’s Story

Daniel was seeking part time employment whilst doing Year 12 VCE. He had not been employed before and was struggling to find places that might employ him because he did not have a work history. After visiting Helen Martin in the MIPs office regularly, discussing strategies and creating a resume and application letter, he also completed his Responsible Serving of Alcohol course at Bendigo Senior Secondary College, which is arranged on a regular basis through the MIPs team.

Armed with his RSA and a great new attitude towards seeking casual employment, he responded to a vacancy on the MIPs online jobs board, seeking casual employees to work at The Bendigo Cup. He was selected to work on that day, and since then has been contacted several times for casual work projects. He has also since gained a part time position at KFC in Strathdale. MIPs assisted Daniel with his online application and resume for this position. He was also supported with interview techniques, appropriate interview standards information and practice.

The casual work has really helped Daniel to develop some ‘work history’ and also created a work ‘referee’ for potential employers to contact – not to mention the extra dollars that casual work attracts! Having successfully completed VCE, Daniel now has aspirations to join the Defence Force and has attained a great record of casual employment to compliment any other full time endeavours.

Tyler’s Story

Tyler had been passionate about Sign writing as a career since Year 10 and had applied for a number of positions in the industry including a local apprenticeship. With the demand not high, Tyler took it upon himself to see support through Marla Carlier in the BSSC MIPs team. Marla worked with Tyler on a regular basis to improve his work readiness and application procedures. As a team they sourced vacancies and began ‘thinking outside the square’. ‘If I really want this career how am I going to get it?’

A timely vacancy, great resume and application letter, hand delivered. A polished interview, practiced till perfect, Tyler was selected for a work trial. Tyler completed a week’s full time work in his last week of Yr 12 classes. And it was definitely worth it!

Tyler was offered a full time apprenticeship with McIntosh Signs, while also completing his Yr 12 VCE exams. Since commencing his apprenticeship in December 2009, Tyler has maintained contact with the MIPS team. He also attended a Student Assembly to speak with students about his experiences at BSSC and his employment pathway. His sister has also been a client of MIPS and has found a part time job after working with MIPS. Tyler’s commitment to his chosen pathway, including persisting with his job even when times are tough, and his commitment to Marla’s mentoring and support has brought about the ultimate success story.

If you have aspirations and drive to succeed down your chosen pathway come and see the MIPs team for support in your own endeavours!