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Good times ahead for Jordan

Posted: 8am 12 Apr 2021

Jordan McLachlan knows what it is like to feel a bit lost and unsure about the future, but he is using that experience to help other young people find their way. We shine a spotlight on him as we celebrate Queensland Youth Week.

The 23-year-old from Rothwell has “gone full circle” after taking part in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program a few years ago at Redcliffe Area Youth Space, then completing a 12-month traineeship there before being offered a full-time job earlier this year.

“I was quite lost in a sense in terms of what to do,” he recalls.

“It definitely helped me find a pathway that suited me.

“I’ve found a passion for helping people and assisting people find their direction, especially since I know it can be difficult.”

Jordan says he learnt much from the co-ordinator who helped him through the program and knows how important it is to help young people discover their strengths and interests.

Change in direction

He was considering a career in sales or real estate because he was “a good talker”, when he realised he would really enjoying helping young people.

“Through my performance and professional growth, I was offered the chance to work in the program that I started with,” Jordan says.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work program gave him confidence and skill in business and communication he did not have before.

It also gave him a grounding in social enterprises via the Skate and Scooter Shop, and even barrista training.

At the time, the Picnic Hill event was part of the program and he was involved in organising and running the monthly event with Redcliffe Area Youth Space. He also served at the bar, which boosted his confidence and interpersonal skills.

“Being in an extremely social environment really opened me up and I found a passion for talking to folks,” he says.

Youth Week celebrates young people

So, what is his message to other young people during Queensland Youth Week, which runs until April 18?

“Just get out there and try a few things. You don’t find out what you might love unless you go outside the box,” he says.

“I never saw myself working in a youth services role but I love it here. It is a lot of trial and error and it is a hard road but once you find something you’re set.”

Read more about the support for young people in our community here

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