Building and fulfilling potential is what unites us and at Jobedge and we’re committed to helping people reach their goals and improve their lives.
Meet our Adelaide based Regional Manager, Kasey who gives us some great insight into how Jobedge delivers an effective and unique approach to Disability Employment Services in South Australia.
Welcome Kasey, tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been with the team?
I’ve been with Jobedge since August 2020, and the learning journey has been incredible. As a Site Manager for Northern Adelaide, I commenced, moved onto Area Manager, and now I am the Regional Manager for South Australia.
The support, learning opportunities and encouragement has been nothing short of exceptional.
My current role is to lead our Disability Employment Services (DES) operational team across South Australia. I am responsible for the performance of Jobedge, looking after the people who look after the people. The days do vary; there aren’t any two days in a row that are the same.
Describe what you love about your role, and the satisfaction it brings?
PEOPLE! I love people, learning about who they are, where they have come from and how I can help them get to where they want to go.
I got into this line of work through a series of challenges in life. I had a lot of trauma in my early adulthood, which led me to seek the help I needed to manage my mind and emotions, which led me to become a life coach. I was presenting to a local DES provider about managing productivity in the workplace and ended up contracting for them, and the rest is history!
We continually gain a depth of knowledge and understanding by working with Momenta that is second to none. Seeing our team grow personally, professionally and in number has been very satisfying. I lead on a wholistic level ensuring that staff are well cared for, encouraged, developed and this is what brings results.
With the reintroduction of face-to-face servicing, and the impact that COVID-19 has had – what general advice would you give to Jobseekers right now?
It has been such a long time without attending face-to-face, so I can understand how it may seem daunting and even a little scary to have to come into the office but come on in! Have a coffee or tea; we’ll make you feel welcome and get you on the path to employment. Our unique approach to Disability Employment Services is personalised and participant centred.
We understand that clients who face new or existing injuries and illness need help on many levels and we are well equipped to provide the assistance required.
We offer job coaching on a personal level, customised to client needs, coaching based on advice from our medical directors, personalised Post Placement Support from a specialist manager and ensure that our clients are well looked after from commencement and well into employment.
What have been some of your biggest learnings from our participants and employers we work with, and some of your biggest highlights?
From our participants – definitely courage and resilience. Most of our clients have faced and continue to face circumstances and situations that I’ve never personally experienced, so to work with them, encourage them in their strengths and advocate for them, I’ve seen courage and resilience that I’ve never seen before and it’s a really incredible transformation to see.
My biggest highlight so far would be having a client on my caseload who is now an employee. Seeing lives changed never gets old.