Navigating your employment pathway with Mitchell

We talk to Mylestones Client Mitchell as he discusses building his career, advice for job seekers, and his tips on interviews.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us today! From what I hear you are in a pretty unique role, can you tell me about what you do at AFS?

The company I work for is called Australian Framing Solutions (AFS). I’ve been there about 3 months. They are a lightweight steel frame construction company. Basically, what they do is design and manufacture the frames or “skeletons” of houses. So, when you’re driving around and see the steel structure of a house, I probably designed it! My role there is a detailer – I use a 3D modelling program to design what the house will look like in 3D scape. The design then goes to the architects to construct.

That sounds like really engaging work. What has your employment journey look like and how did it lead you to your current job?

I started with Mylestones Employment about a year ago. My case worker has been excellent since day one. He was genuinely interested in finding the right job for me. I have been with previous employment agencies that would stick you in any job, I felt like just a number to them.

"As soon as I started with Mylestones I knew they were different. I told them what I am interested in, and about my educational background and he said, “we’ll make it happen”.

My case manager came across the job at AFS and sent it across to me as he knows I like working with computers. I knew I had to give it a go.

Now you have found a role you where you are happy and thriving, what would you say to someone struggling to enter the workforce, or isn’t sure where to start?

The big thing that held me back was the idea that you need to find something that ticks all the boxes straight away. The most important thing is finding a workplace where you are comfortable and valued. It’s not worth it to stick it out when you are unhappy. I’m so glad I worked with Mylestones to find somewhere where I actually look forward to going to work (and show up 30 mins early every day!) I never thought I’d be in construction and designing houses for a living but I like the team and I like the work. I’m just happy to be here and it has made all the difference.

It sounds like you have settled in well at with your new employer. Do you keep in contact with your case manager?

I have, I feel like part of the team here and it’s a great feeling. When you start a job it’s important to remember that you won’t know everything right away. I am constantly learning as I go, that is just a part of it. I have a great team who are always there with advice if I need it. Once I started working my case manager and I touch base every few weeks to make sure everything is tracking well, and if any adjustments need to be made. He made it clear from the start that his line is always open if I need anything. So far so good!

What tips do you have for people about to start a new role, or looking for one?

My advice is when you are interviewing make sure it’s the kind of place you feel you would fit in. It’s easy to get into the habit of feeling lucky to just get an interview but be picky and make sure it’s the right fit for you. Secondly, have a willingness to learn. If you are open to learning and are receptive of feedback you will build a really great relationship with your team. Lastly, mistakes will happen, and aren’t the end of the world. Accepting and learning from them is the most important part.

What does it mean to you to find a job you love?

It means the world. Being in a position where I want to go to work instead of having to has made a huge difference. I feel happier – I’m somewhere I want to be. It’s a big deal to me.

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