In 2020 Teija Hampton’s life was turned upside down by COVID-19.
With a background in hospitality, the Hervey Bay local had not long started a new role in a customer facing role when COVID hit.
Her contract was not renewed and for a time Teija found herself without income and unable to pay bills, including her rent.
She took to couch surfing to stay off the streets and was struggling with her health.
As the MAX team continued to provide health and employment supports, the young woman successfully gained a scholarship to complete a Certificate III through the Commonwealth Scholarships Program for Young Australians.
Teija chose to enrol in a BSB30120 – Cert III in Business at MAX’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0667).
Throughout her time studying, Teija found her MAX trainer, Darren Sibraa incredibly helpful.
Teija found the course work very practical and applicable. As part of her course, her employment provider helped her land an internship at a local medical centre and quickly found she was able to apply the things she was learning in the virtual classroom to her everyday work.
Once her placement was complete, Teija’s employer sat her down. Letting her know how well she’d done during her internship, they offered her a job as a medical receptionist.
She’s worked at the medical centre since, developing in her role and being given extra responsibilities along the way.
When asked about why she enjoys the role, Teija responds:
Qualified and working steady hours, Teija now has enough money to consistently pay her rent and live comfortably.
To bring Teija full circle, she’s now helping to defeat the virus that turned her life upside down.
As she looks to the future, Teija is planning further study to grow and develop her medical administration career. Starting with a short course in interpreting and applying medical terminology, she is also considering studying practice management in the future. ;
Congratulations Teija – the whole MAX team is proud of you!