In partnership with Tennis Australia, JobsBank placed 14 young people from across Victoria into hospitality and customer service roles for the Australian Open.
Working at a huge international event like the Open is a fantastic opportunity for young people who have faced barriers to getting a job to learn from the best, grow their skills and add a unique high-profile job to their CV.
Creating opportunities like this provides jobseekers with potentially life-changing employment experience and gives businesses a competitive edge.
Diverse workplaces are more innovative and productive.
“I’m originally from Somalia, and came to Australia as a refugee when I was 13. I didn’t speak English when I arrived.
I studied HR management at LaTrobe University, and graduated with a high distinction in December. While at LaTrobe, I was part of the Excellence Program, and through that I was chosen to represent the university with Humanitarian Affairs at the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders in Bangkok, in 2018.
I have personal experience of struggling to find work, like many in the Somali community. Diverse workplaces are so important and I am happy that Tennis Australia is working to become a leading inclusive employer.
I’m so excited to be part of the Australian Open – it’s a dream come true! I’ve never been before, so it’ll be amazing to be part of it."
"I’ve always been the talkative type – people open up to me. In doing youth work, I’d like to use that to my advantage to help people.
At the moment, I just need work. I want to go back to Chile, my family’s home country, and I need to save up for that. But it’s been hard to find work given that I am not really sure what I want to do. I’ve been looking for retail work but as I don’t have much of a background in retail it’s been hard.
I have references, but I’m up against people who started working in high school.
I like to talk and I like to work with my hands – so it’s hard to pinpoint what I want to do for the rest of my life.
It’ll be exciting to work in such a big event – I like the face to face element, and it’ll be an experience I can take with me when looking for more work afterwards."
“My family is from Allambee South in Gippsland, where my dad ran a dahlia farm, and I’ve just come back from a year working in Japan as a waiter.
I would like to go to university to study finance, with the goal of working in financial crime prevention later on. I hoped that my work in an international hotel would help me in finding a job here in the meantime, and I thought that being bilingual might help, too.
But it’s so competitive – I got statistics from Seek saying that 100 people went for the last job I applied for. In Australia, they look for your Australian experience before anything else.
Tennis Australia is a big, international organisation, so I am looking forward to working with and meeting people from all over the world. I hope the experience is going to help me get my foot in the door in Australian employment.”