Bec manages a residential group home for people with disability who have complex needs. She loves making a difference and supporting people to lead an independent life.
The opportunity to make a difference in a person’s life inspired Bec’s career in the disability sector.
As part of Bec’s role, she manages a residential group home in Melbourne, which supports people with disability who have moved out of home to carry out daily tasks.
“Although my role involves various administrative tasks, such as rostering, finance, training, reports and mentoring staff, the most important aspect is to support and empower the residents to lead an independent and fulfilled life,” Bec says.
“My role is to ensure our team creates an environment that offers choice and control for the residents, with the understanding that our work space is in fact a home and we need to respect that.
“Every morning, I meet with the residents to start the day off right and check in to see if they have any concerns. It’s their home and we need to make sure they’re happy.”
Bec says her career in the disability sector offers flexibility and the right work-life balance.
Training and professional development opportunities are another reason Bec chose to work in the disability sector.
“There is training available to develop whatever skills a person needs, for example, manual handling, positive behaviour training, ethical response training, meal assistance and medical training.”
“Career progression is everywhere. You could become a team leader, coordinator, manager or you might go into a different house, with new challenges. That’s why I love this space, it’s never dull.”
For those considering a career in the disability sector, Bec considers the ability to relate to and engage with other people as essential.
“People will often say you have to be a really caring, unique and a strong individual to do this work. I think it’s about having the right attitude and the right values. Disability support can be challenging work, but it’s also incredibly rewarding.”
Bec’s story is one example from the many organisations and individuals dedicated to supporting people with disability in Victoria. Organisations may offer service, work opportunities and training that differ from those described here.
Reviewed 04 August 2021