Employee Corner – Benedict Fabian

How did you first come to the disability sector?

With my background as a Registered Nurse, I found the disability sector as a related industry with my line of work. Making a difference to another person’s life is one of the most rewarding things a person can do – and that’s something disability support workers do every day. If one completes the Certificate III and/or IV in Disability Work, it can improve employment prospects by giving him broader understanding of the sector. These qualifications can also lead to management or team leader roles, some organisations will even offer to train you in this. You’d also be advised to familiarise yourself with the National Standards for Disability Standards – it will show your commitment to the ‘good practice’ benchmarks for working with people with a disability.

How did you first come to the disability sector?

The work is not always easy, but the personal rewards of changing someone’s life are significant. FlexiHome Care helped me to discover the other aspect of Medicine. I have been exposed to different cases, and handling those situations made me interested to explore community services. FlexiHome Care has developed my leadership skills and decision-making. I love working in FlexiHome Care because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. This truly creates a family environment where everybody is there for each other. It has an environment that values human rights. I’ve continued to work for FlexiHome Care for such a long time because I really believe in the values – respect and compassion.

Why do you enjoy working in the disability sector?

I chose to work for a home care service provider because I have a desire to help and care for those living with disability, due to having a friend who uses its services. I can see the positive impact it’s having on him. Moreover, Community service deals with psychological aspects of different individuals. I have had so many amazing experiences that you just don’t get in other jobs. The people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve been a part of, are the highlights of it. You can teach people a lot of things but you can’t teach people to care. You can really build on that, being given the opportunity to be a part of a person’s everyday life is really amazing and fulfilling for me.

How has your time at FlexiHome Care helped you overcome challenges?

With the collaborative environment we have, the challenges are worked out smoothly. With participants and staff from a variety of backgrounds, I have found that FlexiHome Care has a diverse culture, with people from different nationalities here and the work environment is great. The company cares about me as a person and about my professional growth. There is a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals all revolving around helping the clients that other organisations might not have. We all support each other and work together to offer creative feedback and then make our ideas a reality.

What advice do you have for people in this sector to be successful?

I work closely with our clients and staff to ensure safety and maintain our integrity. I love that I have a great degree of control and freedom within my job. I work part-time on a flexible schedule, both in and out-of-office, and my boss trusts me to produce high-quality work and results. I work hard to maintain that level of trust, which keeps me engaged and motivated. If you happen to know the disability of the person with whom you are working, there is information out there about how to interact with people with particular disabilities. Like other communities, the disability community includes many diverse cultures. Life is a continuous learning process; let us always educate ourselves.

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