From one Experience to the Next

From one Experience to the Next

Proud Arrernte man, Stephen Obale’s story is an epic example of the power traineeships. The first few months of his traineeship in Administration with Liberty Financial. Stephen made the move to AFL SportsReady’s HQ at Victoria Park.
Transitioning over allowed him to experience various departments including Administration, Education, Employment, Business Development and working back with the Marketing Team too!

Reflecting on his journey, Stephen was initially seeking employment when he stumbled upon the Warumilang traineeship opportunity with AFL SportsReady.

Despite facing challenges, Stephen’s positive attitude and determination led him forward.

During his traineeship, Stephen worked with supportive teams who provided him with valuable experience and guidance. This hands-on experience was complemented by the educational component of his traineeship, where he completed a Certificate III in Business.
This formal qualification enhanced his skills and knowledge in business administration, further enhancing his professional development.

Throughout his traineeship, Stephen found not only professional guidance but also personal mentorship from AFL SportsReady Mentor Ralph.

Ralph’s support extended beyond the confines of Stephen’s traineeship, as he introduced him to the Fitzroy Stars AFL team mid-last year. The Fitzroy Stars Football and Netball Club, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander club, became a significant part of Stephen’s life and he has been actively involved since then.

Additionally, Ralph facilitated invaluable networking opportunities for Stephen by arranging visits to the Carlton Football Club. Reflecting on his experience, Stephen shared;

Ralph showed me around Ikon Park, where I got to see a VFL practice Carlton vs Geelong. I also had the opportunity to meet a lot of the staff, players and the Head Coach.

Ralph’s mentorship has helped Stephen make the most out of his traineeship, enriching his personal growth and expanding his professional network.

When asked about his favourite part of the traineeship, Stephen highlighted;

the opportunity to meet new people!

Emphasising how this experience has broadened his network and contributed to his personal development.

Stephen discovered his capacity for learning and adaptation through the program. He emphasises the importance of setting career goals and believes his traineeship experience has prepared him well for future opportunities.

Now, Stephen has launched into his next chapter by commencing a second traineeship at the Department of Transport and Planning as the Employment Pathways Advisor (Peoples and Culture).

It’s here, he aims to further his professional development while completing a Certificate IV in Business.

Paul Broderick, General Manager – Education and Employment (VIC) at AFL SportsReady, praises Stephen’s contributions to the team and highlights his seamless integration into various tasks and responsibilities.

Stephen’s dedication and enthusiasm have not gone unnoticed, earning him another traineeship opportunity with the Department of Transport and Planning.

As Stephen kicks off this new traineeship journey, he expresses gratitude to the AFL SportsReady team for their support and guidance.

He looks forward to continuing his personal and professional growth under the Warumilang Traineeship Program.

Stephen’s story demonstrates how starting a traineeship can lead to so many things. It’s particularly of inspiration to those who might be just getting started on their career path.

With over 29 years of experience providing quality job opportunities and launching the careers of thousands of young Australians. AFL SportsReady offers diverse and thrilling opportunities that could take your career to the next level.
Whether you’re just starting in your career or looking to take it in a new direction. AFL SportsReady SportsReady has something to offer, with a commitment to quality training and support. You can be sure that you’ll have the tools you need to succeed.
So why wait? Kickstart your career today by exploring available Traineeships.

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