My name is Gordon, I’m originally from Fiji and have been living in Australia since 2015. Before starting with Edmen, I used to work in Aged Care as an Assistant In Nursing (AIN).
I started in Edmen in December 2020 as a Disability Support Worker in New South Wales.
I came from Aged Care and I was actually working in Newmarch House when the COVID outbreak occurred last May. It was obviously devastating for everyone involved and after 15 years in the sector, I said to myself “Okay, that’s it”. It was sort of a light blub moment for me where I thought I should do something else.
I needed a change and I like challenges, so I thought I’d explore a new avenue. I’m also a man of faith so I applied to work with Edmen and everything worked out, so I think that was God’s will in my life.
The flexibility – you provide your availability to Edmen and they work around you. For example, when I first started with Edmen I had a camping trip that I had booked far in advance. I didn’t want to inconvenience my new employer by taking time off so soon after starting. But then I found out employees submit their availabilities to Edmen so it wasn’t an issue. Edmen makes it easy to arrange your shifts around your lifestyle and commitments.
Also, as part time casual worker, Edmen allows you to work other jobs around your schedule and shifts with Edmen which is great. I don’t have children, but I can see this being particularly handy for parents with young kids.
I work around 20 hours a week and my shortest shift is 5 hours. Every day is different. I work mostly day shifts, with the occasional sleepover.
The nature of the work can be quite unpredictable. Supporting people with challenging behaviours requires a high level of empathy and requires you to always be on the ball.
The pay is good! But also, I say give it go. I had a lot of questions on my first day when I first started as a Disability Support Worker asking myself ‘can I do this?’ but there comes a time where we need to step out of our comfort zone and try new things. I’m glad I did because I’m really enjoying working with Edmen.