CODY Chatfield found her passion for helping people while she was completing a traineeship at Brophy Family and Youth Services in Warrnambool.
“When I was doing my traineeship I saw how the youth workers and family services worked and it was something I really wanted to do. I wanted to help people.
“It opened my eyes to the disadvantage experienced by Indigenous people and it made me more passionate to help,” Cody said.
Cody completed her school studies at South West TAFE before she started the traineeship and was then inspired to start the Diploma of Community Services course.
“There are such a broad range of opportunities that come from the community services course.
“I’m amazed at where I’m going already. I’m blown away and I’m so happy that I’m moving in the right direction,” she said.
Since finishing her course Cody has now gained full-time employment at Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative as an integrated family support worker.
“One of the best parts of my job is what I can learn from people. I help with cultural knowledge and advocate for them in the child protection system.
“I didn’t even think about this career until my traineeship. That’s where it all started and I love what I’m doing.
“This job gives me such a good sense of satisfaction and a good sense of purpose,” she said.