A teenager who secured employment at Wollongong’s recent Jobs Expo says the opportunity has changed her life.
Megan Harding, 19, was among 13 hospitality trainees to meet the federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, yesterday.
Ms Harding, of Towradgi, is now involved in a 16-week training program at some of Wollongong’s tourism hospitality venues.
She says she was unemployed for more than a year, despite getting a hospitality qualification after leaving school.
“It’s been really tough. I’d been sending hundreds and hundreds of applications and hadn’t got a job out of it,” she said.
“I was planning on going … my sister was an exhibitor there and she rang me and said, ‘get down here because they’ve got over 400 jobs going’.
“So I got down there and I found it really good because it gave me a chance to meet the employers directly.”
Ms Harding says the region would benefit from holding the event again soon.
“I think it’s one of the best thing that’s ever happened and it’s such a good opportunity to meet employers face-to-face.” she said.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for employers. I think it’d be really beneficial to have again … it’s such a great opportunity and I feel really thankful for it.”