Danny’s story: Why I became an aged care worker

You could start a new career on the Mornington Peninsula as early as September. If you enjoy being part of a supportive team whilst caring for our elderly citizens, then a new traineeship program may be just right for you.
 
Japara has partnered with Chisholm to offer fully supported aged care traineeships at its two aged care homes in Capel Sound and Rye. This is an earn while you learn opportunity that will lead to a Certificate III in Individual Support.
 

Danny’s story

 
Danny Cetincic is a graduate of the Traineeship program on the Mornington Peninsula. He has enjoyed, both, the education at Chisholm TAFE and the placement at a Japara aged care home not far from where he lives.
 
Danny signed up for the paid traineeship to start a new career in an industry that promises permanent and reliable employment for many years to come. He said, the recruitment process was not difficult and that anyone could join who is reliable and cares for the wellbeing of our elderly citizens.
 
Once he got started in November 2019, Danny quickly realised that he might have found a career path that is just right for him and, just six months later, he graduated with a Certificate III enabling him to work in the aged care sector anywhere in Australia.
 
Being popular with staff, residents, and their families, Danny was offered a contract with Japara which he proudly signed, and he has been working at the home in Rye ever since.
 
To help others join the rewarding aged care sector, Danny has put some time aside to answer a few questions that prospective care workers usually ask.
 

 

Danny signed up for the paid traineeship to start a new career in an industry that promises permanent and reliable employment for many years to come. He said, the recruitment process was not difficult and that anyone could join who is reliable and cares for the wellbeing of our elderly citizens.
 
Once he got started in November 2019, Danny quickly realised that he might have found a career path that is just right for him and, just six months later, he graduated with a Certificate III enabling him to work in the aged care sector anywhere in Australia.
 
Being popular with staff, residents, and their families, Danny was offered a contract with Japara which he proudly signed, and he has been working at the home in Rye ever since.
 
To help others in their decision to join the rewarding aged care sector, Danny has put some time aside to answer a few questions that prospective care workers usually ask.
 

What did you like about the course?

 
I enjoyed the aged care traineeship and the fact that I got paid to learn. The course was well organised and the teacher was highly experienced and imparted a lot of real-world field knowledge into our classes. It was interesting to then do placement and buddy shifts at a Japara home on the Mornington Peninsula where I could make the most of my newly gained skills, meeting residents face to face. In addition to the practical experience, I truly enjoyed the role-playing with other trainees on campus. I have learned a lot and even today, I still rely on some of the skills from then during my day-to-day work at Japara.
 

What did you learn from the course?

 
The course taught me everything I needed to know about working in aged care. I had very little knowledge about aged care before signing up for this new career path. The course was well structured and I learnt everything, including theory and practical things that you need in your job as a care worker. The traineeship was so valuable because in-class learning and the practical elements of the course went hand in glove.
 

Why do you think others should choose this traineeship?

 
If you want a career in aged care, this traineeship is a perfect fit. There is a demand for aged care workers, especially on the Mornington Peninsula, and completing this course will open up a large range of job and career opportunities in this growing sector. The traineeship program allows you to get paid while you learn. So you can generate an income during your seven months of training, before being qualified a taking home a Certificate III.
 

How is your career developing since graduation?

 
I really like my work at Japara and spending some quality time with our lovely residents and my teammates. I have permanent shifts at the aged care home and I enjoy the flexibility to pick up additional shifts, if want to do so. I have a regular stream of income, which is very comforting, and I gain more experience on a daily basis, working with a number of clients who require different forms of care and support. I might look into other additional roles within the aged care sector eventually, such as working in home care.
 


 

Interested in a new career in aged care?

 
If you’re keen to explore, check out our useful article on the requirements and qualifications you need to land your ideal role in the aged care sector.
 
If you have any other questions, or you’d like to attend a free information session on the Mornington Peninsula, simply email Japara’s Regional Manager, Dana at Dana.Ieraci@japara.com.au, or sign up to one of our upcoming traineeship information sessions.

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