Cassandra Builds a Strong Future Through Study 

Mt Gambier woman Cassandra Gill is determined to build a strong future for herself, and has put herself on an education path to forge a career in Business.   

Cassandra was born with a mild intellectual disability called Williams Syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder with some distinct facial features, presenting barriers to employment. In the past, its also affected Cassandra’s mental health and self-esteem.   

With the support of her WDEA Works Employment Consultant Melissa Norman, Cassandra is taking control of her future and building her confidence and employment skills through study. When discussing potential career and study options with Melissa, Cassandra pro-actively suggested that she would like to study a Certificate III in Business.   

“Cassandra was quietly determined to further her skills and knowledge through study to increase her employability. WDEA Works was able to support Cassandra in this by enrolling her into the course, purchasing her a laptop and arranging home WIFI so she could study independently,” said Melissa.  

Cassandra has already completed the first component of the certificate and is on-schedule to have finished the full course by the end of this year.   

“I am hoping that through completing this study I’m able to improve my employment chances and create a better life for myself. I have always dreamed of travelling and the income of employment would allow this,” said Cassandra.  

Through study, Cassandra has also gained a sense of personal responsibility, as well as confidence in her abilities and capability.   

Melissa has noticed the difference in her personality at their fortnightly meetings.  

“I am so proud of what Cassandra has already achieved, she has taken responsibility for her assessments and hit all of her deadlines. She is an absolute go-getter and you can see her self-belief is growing.”  

Cassandra has been able to build her confidence and improve her mental health.  

“Studying has given me a sense of direction; I can now see my goals. I can’t wait to finish study and use my new knowledge to gain employment,” she said. 

Mellissa knows Cassandra has a promising future.  

“I look forward to continuing to support Cassandra. She has such a positive attitude. I know she has what it takes to achieve her goals.”  

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