A McHappy Start to Work for Michael

For Michael, landing his first job has done more than put money in the bank, it’s turned his life around.

November 22 2016

Michael happy at work in his first job with McDonalds

For Year 11 student Michael, landing his first job with McDonalds has done more than put money in the bank, he says it’s turned his life around.

“I used get sad or angry a lot. I wouldn’t talk a lot to Mum or Dad, and when I did we’d fight. When my older brother graduated school I realised I had to grow up.”

So when the opportunity arose for Michael to complete an Indigenous school-based traineeship with the fast-food giant, he put his hand up.

“I had the biggest smile on my face when I found out I got this job,” Michael explains. “I love it. My behaviour’s better since working and my grades have gone up. I’m closer with my family too.


“Mum and Dad are deaf, so I interpret for them with things like school meetings, interviews, doctor appointments, things like that."



“Mum and Dad have helped me through everything, I like interpreting for them and I want to pay them back. Dad and I are best friends now, we always talk. Same as Mum, she’s always there for me,” he says.

Michael’s Dad Craig says since starting work, Michael has matured considerably. 

“He’s grown up, he’s learnt a lot of life skills. He’s learned that life isn’t free. He’s started to consider his future,” he says. 

And the future is looking bright to Michael, who is already thinking about what his career will look like after school.

“I’m thinking of becoming a sports coach with young football players, or becoming a diesel fitter. It’s got good income and pretty renowned around Australia, they need a lot of workers.”

For the time being, he’s excited to complete his Certificate II in Retail with McDonalds, and says the support from his new employer and his family has been invaluable.


“It’s great, I’m so excited. Mum and Dad have been helping me heaps with this job too, thinking of my future and telling me not to waste the money on stupid stuff like drugs and alcohol. 



“I couldn’t think of better parents, they’ve always worked hard for us and given us heaps. Being deaf doesn’t matter to them or us kids, we’re all happy and we’re all doing well.”

Michael is completing his traineeship through the Australian Government’s Jobs, Land and Economy programme, which focuses on increasing the rate of Indigenous Australians in long term employment.


For more info on Indigenous traineeship opportunities in QLD, please contact Eddie Mills on 0418 784 703.

 

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