I’m Jenny. I’m born and bred in Darwin where I work in a service centre for the Department of Human Services.
My family has a diverse background, my dad immigrated to Australia from Italy and I claim my Aboriginality on my mum’s side, the Woolwonga tribe in the Northern Territory.
I’d given up working when I was pregnant with my first child. 9 years later my youngest was about to start school and I decided to look for work.
In 2015 I saw the Indigenous Apprenticeships Programme (IAP) advertised on Facebook so I put in an application. I thought I’d be able to receive some feedback to help with future job applications. Then I got a call back and an interview and then I got the job!
Originally I had some self-doubt and I wondered why the department accepted me into the programme. But then I said to myself “have a bit of faith in their choices, have a bit of faith in yourself and give it a try!” I jumped in and I love it.
I love that I go to work every day and help people. Even if it’s in the smallest way, you get to help someone every day and that feels good.
As part of the IAP I was matched up with my mentor Kezia. I had no idea what to expect from a mentor but we connected from day dot. Kezia has supported me in so many different ways, and helped me balance family and work. She’s been through it all and knows what tools to use which is really helpful. Now I’d love to be a mentor—after having such a great experience with Kezia I’d really like to give back.
Our department’s community up here is tight knit and we all help each other. It’s like family and that’s why I feel so comfortable. My advice for people who are thinking of applying for the IAP is to believe in yourself. If you’re given the opportunity, take it and give it your best.