Student file: Tearni Dargin

Strive For Success: Tearni Dargin overcomes her confidence barriers to commence a new career in hospitality with Solotel

Tearni Dargin

Since completing the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Strive For Success Program, Tearni Dargin has overcome her confidence barriers to pursue a career in hospitality.

Tearni Dargin, 19 years old, had recently completed high school and was unsure of her next steps. She had always struggled with low self-confidence and found the idea of entering the workforce extremely daunting.

Tearni said, “I found it very difficult looking for work. I was applying everywhere, but I didn’t have the experience or qualifications.”

After over a year of searching, employment provider Max Employment suggested Tearni sign up for the new South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Strive For Success program.

Supported by Allara Learning, the Strive For Success program is aimed at helping local jobseekers to gain hospitality skills, achieve a nationally recognised qualification and secure employment in the hospitality industry.

“I wasn’t interested in looking for jobs initally, because I was so shy. Through the program, I realised there is nothing to be shy about.”

Professional trainers from Allara Learning deliver a mix of classroom-based and hands-on instruction, while a dedicated mentor from Souths Cares supports participants in completing the program and transitioning into employment.

Participants also undertake work experience in a real-work environment. Working within these venues, participants become familiar with the organisation, its facilities, and processes.

Upon completing the program, Tearni achieved a nationally recognised SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality and was offered a position as food and beverage attendant at Cafe at The Gallery by leading hospitality group Solotel.

“Tearni was always eager to learn and accept new challenges throughout the program. From her first day of work experience, she fell naturally into a hospitality role, lending help wherever she could. Cafe At The Gallery immediately recognised her potential and offered her a position…it’s truly inspiring to see how far she has come.”

Tearni remarked that the program not only helped her prepare for the workforce and find a job, but it also helped her meet new people, form relationships and build confidence.

Since starting the position in May, Tearni has overcome her self-confidence barriers and looks forward to an extensive career in hospitality.

South Cares Mentor Chantelle Young said; “Despite being shy, Tearni showed initiative from the first day we signed her up…The course definitely assisted with her low confidence and she came out with not only a job, but with the confidence she needed to succeed with future endevours.”

While she initially found the idea of working within a busy cafe overwhelming, Tearni now hopes to one day move into a management position in a fine dining venue.

To jobseekers considering a career in hospitality, Tearni said “I was offered a job through the program and am confident anyone else would gain similar opportunities.”

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South Sydney Rabbitohs

The South Sydney Rabbitohs participate in the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership and the club was formed in 1908 as one of the founding members of the New South Wales Rugby Football League, making them one of Australia’s oldest rugby league teams.

Souths Cares is the community and charitable arm of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, established to support the local community and address social need across the South Sydney region.

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