New Job. New Lifestyle. No regrets. 

A career in community care could be the change you’re looking for 

From Chef to Disability Support Worker, according to Kyle it was a career change that should have happened much sooner. 

Kyle, now in his mid-twenties, is a Rockhampton local who made the jump into community care sector as a Disability Support Worker just over six months ago.  

“Working as a Disability Support Worker is a lovely job. The lifestyle change has given me freedom to spend time with family and do the things that I like,” Kyle said. 

Kyle describes himself as a “pretty chill dude” who loves fishing, camping, playing the PlayStation and listening to music. Now that he isn’t working long hours in hospitality, he is thrilled to be able to enjoy it all. 

“While I get a better work life balance, the work itself doesn’t even feel like work. It’s so rewarding to see customers succeed, it’s easy to forget that it’s a job,” he said. 

It was Kyle’s partner who encouraged the career change, recognising that he had a great caring attitude. 

“I’ve been able to utilise my skills and experience as a Chef in the position by teaching customers how to cook for themselves. To be able to help people achieve new skills – ones that perhaps we take for granted, but for a customer it can be the best thing in the world – is so amazing. 

“From helping customers learn how to cook rissoles and mash or learn a musical instrument, seeing the accomplishment on their faces is fantastic,” he said.

Kyle went from having a wealth of knowledge in his career as a Chef to not knowing anything about support work but pointed out that it didn’t matter. 

“The help from the Multicap team has been awesome. The initial training was thorough and there is always a helping hand from a member of the team when it is needed. 

“I recall on my first day at Multicap, I had a shift in respite and had the opportunity to work with a customer who had a feeding tube and required hoists for mobility. It was a steep learning curve, but I realised that while it felt a little daunting, from that day on I’d be ready for anything.” 

Kyle explained that the variety of tasks as a Disability Support Worker is another perk of the job.  

“Variety is key for me. It is rare that any two days will be the same and I’ve gained experience with daily living and day programs which has helped expand my skills to be able to work in any situation.  

“I would recommend Disability Support Work at Multicap to anyone that is genuine, calm, respectful and understanding,” Kyle said.  

While Kyle doesn’t see himself sitting behind a desk any time soon, he’s looking forward to gaining more experience in the industry and one day taking on a leadership position.  
 

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