Mother of three, Ally, returns to work after 10-year hiatus
As a mother of three, Ally has devoted much of her adult life to her children. When she was ready to re-join the workforce at the beginning of 2018, Ally was determined to take control of her life and to regain financial independence, so she reached out to WISE Employment for support.
“Natalie, my Employment Consultant from WISE, was my right-hand woman throughout the entire process. I told her that I was willing to do any job that was thrown at me and in return she supported me 100%,” said Ally.
Ally’s interview at the Novotel and Mercure Hotels Darwin Airport was her first and only job interview. Whilst she applied for a job in the hotel laundry, Ally ended up being offered a job as a Food and Beverage Attendant.
“It was obvious from the moment we met Ally that someone so bright and bubbly needed to be front of house with the guests,” said Novotel and Mercure Hotels Darwin Airport Operations Manager, Kim.
In her role, Ally has taken charge of multiple responsibilities including opening the restaurant, collecting cash and setting up the buffet. More recently, she’s taken on the responsibility of opening the pop-up coffee cart each morning.
“Ally has so much energy and is one of our most reliable staff members. Nothing is ever too much or too big an ask for her, which is why we were thrilled to offer her the role of running the coffee cart,” said Kim.
Even though the early mornings are a shock, Ally said that she loves her new job.
“Most mornings start at about 3:30am for me and people always ask me how I can be so happy so early in the morning? But I think when you love your job and the people you work with, how could you not be?”
Ally has found the effects of employment have been far reaching, not only impacting her financially, but emotionally and socially too.
“Since having my first son at 19 I’ve been so devoted to my children and have only ever felt like a mum,” said Ally. “Now I’m 30 and this job has been amazing for me. I have not only gained more confidence, which I didn’t think was possible, but I feel like I’m my own person again. WISE has helped me to regain my freedom.”
Ally is looking forward to the future, explaining that having a job feels like a new wave of independence for her and her family.