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“My friends can’t believe my job involves all the activities I love to do.”

Surfing, kayaking, bush walking, swimming, fishing and bike riding are all in a day’s work for Mason as he leads groups of participants with disability in outdoor recreational activities, designed to cater for all abilities.

Mason reflects on how he came to be working in his dream job, explaining that while working in his family bakery he enjoyed the weekly lunchtime visits by a group of people with disability so was inspired to apply for a role with St Laurence as a Personal Support Worker as he felt his personal attributes suited the sector.

While working in this role Mason commenced studying a Certificate IV in Disability with genU Training (formerly Advanced Career Training). Undertaking this night course allowed Mason to further develop his skills and knowledge and develop connections with other people also working in the sector.

Gaining this qualification has allowed Mason to progress his career, with a recent appointment as a Senior Disability Practitioner with genU Kable where he works with clients creating day program plans and encouraging participation in a wide selection of recreational activities.

Mason enjoys working alongside clients of a similar age to himself, bringing a calm and positive focus with his naturally encouraging style. He explains that working in the Disability sector is not only traditional care work – “I can take my own interests and share them with people who want to participate in the community. I really enjoy bringing fresh ideas and a fresh look to a person’s day.” Mason encourages other young people to consider a career supporting others, describing his role as fun, exciting and rewarding.

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