Life experience leads to unique and rewarding opportunities

Living with disability has not stopped Anne Raheb from accomplishing her life goals which has helped her confidence soar in her personal and professional life.

“Never say no to anything and never think that you can’t do something until you attempt it at least once. You can do anything you dream about doing,” Anne said.

Seven years ago Anne started training with personal trainer Clint Vargas to help build up her strength, and importantly her confidence. For Anne, Clint’s motivational support was central to achieving her goals.

“Through training constantly, I live a better life as I am stronger and able to improve the strength in my body. This also helps with mental support by viewing myself as worthy and knowing I can achieve anything I put my mind to,” she said.

For Clint, training Anne has been a privilege. “Her achievements have been seven years in the making and she has been able to overcome huge obstacles, for example doing simple things like getting up off a chair to conquering challenges like using the battle ropes at the gym,” Clint said.

“We have been working together to achieve a common goal and if it wasn’t for the trust she gave me, and the promise I made her that we would achieve this together, we would not have been able to reach her goals.”

Anne and Clint recently starred in the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s ‘Life Experience’ campaign which highlights the value of life skills and experience and aims to empower people to successfully participate in the workforce. 

“It is extremely important to have support in training and the workforce,” Anne said. “Through training with Clint, I have been able to gain confidence in everyday life. “I would never have thought I’d be approached to be involved in something as amazing as this, and I feel extremely privileged to be able to do something as important as this campaign.”

Today Anne works at the Department of Education and has never been happier.

A friendly careers specialist at your local Jobs and Skills Centre can help you translate your life experiences and skills into job ready skills and knowledge — whether it's a new job, starting training, or career planning support.

Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community. The centres are located on TAFE campuses throughout Perth and regional WA, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 

To find out how to turn your life experience into a career, contact the firendly team at your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/lifeexperience

Image caption: Anne Raheb trains at Loftus Recreation Centre with personal trainer Clint Vargas 

 

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Page last updated October 07, 2022