After attempting to re-engage with her VCE studies, Tesla realized that mainstream education wasn’t right for her and her future and she wanted to try and enter the workforce.

Youth Projects helped her to enrol in various short courses to increase her personal and professional development and to also meet other young people in similar situations in her local area. Tesla had minimal work experience so her Transitions Coach suggested that she undertake a PaTH Internship to increase her skills, knowledge and self confidence in her own strengths and potential

Youth Projects supported me to get involved in my local community, to make friends and set goals for myself. After school, I was a bit lost and was really unsure of what I should do. But, after being supported by Youth Projects, I feel that I have confidence to make important decisions independently and to achieve my goals”

Tesla’s enthusiasm and skills earned her an internship opportunity with Broadmeadows Leisure Centre, where she shadowed and learnt invaluable skills from the Hume City Council staff on the Customer Service desk and she loved interacting with the leisure centre customers. Because of the enjoyment that Tesla got from customer service at the leisure centre, she wanted to continue helping people and obtained qualifications to enable her to work as a fully qualified lifeguard.


“Becoming a lifeguard was not something that I ever thought I would do – but I absolutely love it. If it wasn’t for the Internship, I would never have moved in this direction, but I am so glad that I did! I would encourage any young person to take part in an internship. It worked for me!”


Hume City Council extended Tesla’s Internship by another 4 weeks, to enable her to progress and develop her lifeguard skills further. Tesla was employed as a casual lifeguard only 3 months after she started the Internship and has been thriving within the role ever since!

“I couldn’t have done it without Youth Projects – they helped me to build my confidence and identified that the internship would be a good opportunity for me. They supported me throughout the duration of my Internship, and helped me to overcome any challenges that I face”

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