“I’ve found my place” – those are the words of Capecare Busselton carer Travis Dean who has finally found a career he genuinely enjoys at the age of 41.
After working as a butcher for many years, followed by a decade-long stint at McDonalds, Travis is now completing his 3rd year with the not-for-profit.
Working his way up from carer support, to trainee, and finally full-time carer – Travis has never felt more content in his line of work.
His success was encouraged in March when won the ‘South West TAFE Excellence Award for Certificate III in Individual Support’ in a competitive field of over 1000 WA applicants.
“I was shaking when I received the award, I was so nervous,” Travis said.
“I really didn’t expect it. I don’t think I said anything to anyone for a while afterwards.”
Travis said he owed the award to his compassionate spirit and “not giving up”.
“I want to treat people the way I treat my mum and dad,” he said.
“I’m not there for me. I’m there for the residents. I’m a compassionate person and I really care about these people.”
Travis described his workplace at Capecare as a positive environment and that he knew it would help him achieve his vision of becoming a palliative carer.
“It’s a very welcoming workplace and I always feel happy to go to work,” he said.
“Palliative care is an area I think would be very mentally rewarding for myself.”
He said his ability to grow in the industry was due to the staff at Capecare who had helped him every step of the way.
“Any questions I had, they answered them and always went out of their way to help me,” he said.
“I’m very grateful to them.”
If you’re interested in a career at Capecare, contact email@example.com or call 9750 2000 to speak to the recruitment officer.
For more information, visit Capecare.com.au