The Jobs Victoria Advocates Program provides the tailored support, information and referrals needed to connect jobseekers with employment. Jesuit Social Services started delivering the program in Melbourne in early 2021 and has since supported more than 600 job-seekers – including Lucy*, who was referred to the program after a period of prolonged unemployment.
Lucy is capable and qualified, with a Bachelor of International Relations and multiple qualifications in Community Services. But Lucy suffers from mental ill-health, including anxiety and depression, making it hard for her to communicate and interview for roles with confidence. The flexibility of the Jobs Victoria Advocates Program was what she needed.
Lucy’s Advocate, Candice Zavattiero, helped her engage with mental health and career counselling support. This has included giving her advice with resume-writing, finding roles suited to her qualifications, and help with general confidence-building.
Candice said the program is voluntary – driven by a participant’s own goals, which makes building trust crucial to its success.
“People don’t fit inside a box,” she said.