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“I couldn’t picture myself doing any other kind of work”– Taylar Registro on finding purpose and landing a job at Little Dreamers

People find amazing jobs on EthicalJobs.com.au every day. This is part of a series of articles that go behind the scenes to meet some of the people and organisations finding each other through EthicalJobs.com.au.

Today’s story is from Taylar Registro, who found her role as Events and Fundraising Coordinator for Little Dreamers on EthicalJobs.com.au.

Little Dreamers work with young people who provide unpaid care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction across a range of direct support programs.

Starting out with work

My first ever job was at The Body Shop. As soon as I was the legal age to work, I began searching for Christmas Casual retail jobs and I successfully landed a role at The Body Shop. I was a Retail Assistant and I loved every minute of it. It was a really great company to start my employment journey in. I aligned with their morals and values and they truly had a strong focus on fair trade and ethically made items which was not as popular a few years ago as it is now.

After high school, I got accepted into my first choice of tertiary education and that was a Bachelor of International Studies at RMIT University, Melbourne. This degree had an incredible impact on not only my career- but my entire life! It had a perfect balance of theoretical work, as well as practical work, and students were always encouraged to study overseas or take on overseas study tours.

One of the mandatory subjects within the degree was an Internship. The course coordinator strongly encouraged us all to apply for overseas internships. Though that seemed a little out of reach, I decided to go for it anyway and try my luck! Thankfully, I got accepted for an internship in London, UK at a small non-profit organisation called In-Visible. The internship focused on social media, community engagement and fundraising. This completely formed the basis for my career and sparked my love for travelling. Without my Bachelor of International Studies at RMIT, I fear I would not be in the wonderful position I am now.

My entire career has been spent in the non-profit sector. I have worked for environmental and humanitarian not-for-profit organisations in Australia, France and the UK including Amnesty International, Oxfam, The Rainforest Project, The Orangutan Project, Rainforest Information Centre, Give Humanity A Chance and Cruse Bereavement Care.

Before Little Dreamers, I was the Events and Fundraising Coordinator for Oxfam Australia – a job I also found on EthicalJobs.com.au. The Events Fundraising Coordinator is responsible for leading the engagement with the Victorian community and implementing the fundraising strategy to ensure a quality supporter experience, increased participation and higher retention, contributing to grow net income across the events portfolio- mainly, Oxfams flagship fundraising event, Oxfam Trailwalker.

Working at Little Dreamers

Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation. We work with young people who provide unpaid care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction across a range of direct support programs.

Over the past 10 years, we’ve become a game changing force in the Young Carer space, developing internationally recognised best practice programs and changing the lives of thousands of Young Carers. From cities to rural farms, we work in every corner of Australia, ensuring Young Carers are never left out, forgotten or lonely.

We’re working to improve the quality of life of Young Carers right across the country, with an ultimate vision to ensure that every single Young Carer around the world is supported by someone or something by 2030.

As Events and Fundraising Coordinator, I am responsible for building relationships with corporates, leading events from their inception right through to the end and supporting with the development and running of fundraising events. I am also responsible for coming up with new and innovative ideas to support Young Carers around Australia as well as supporting other organisations to become more inclusive.

It’s only been 2 weeks since I commenced my new job, but I’ve already been able to showcase my hidden talent of singing and playing guitar. Being in an organisation where your creativity is celebrated is just wonderful!

Working for a better world

I first came across EthicalJobs.com.au via my mum! She is an incredible superwoman and noticed I was having trouble finding jobs I’d be interested in on other recruitment sites, so she found out about EthicalJobs.com.au and suggested I use it. This was in 2013, and I have solely been using EthicalJobs.com.au ever since!

When I first saw the ad for the Events and Fundraising Coordinator role at Little Dreamers, the words ‘events’ and ‘fundraising’ instantly drew me in – it’s my speciality and also was my previous role at Oxfam! I remember reading on the ad that ‘a common thread runs through everything (Little Dreamers) do – that young people should have access to the childhood that everyone deserves.’ The fact that there was such a strong focus on equality, care and kindness really attracted me to the role.

I read up on Little Dreamers and realised this was an organisation I wanted to work for. I fully aligned with all of their values and really believed in the work that they were doing. I then read through the position description and when I noticed that I ticked every box, I knew this was the perfect job for me.

Money doesn’t ensure happiness, only finding your purpose in life does. The fact that there is still so much inequality in the world, is the driving factor of why I remain in the not-for-profit sector. It’s the only thing that makes sense to me and I couldn’t picture myself doing any other kind of work.

My advice to other ethical jobseekers is don’t give up! Remind yourself of the ‘why’ and keep in mind that you will be making the world a better place by working ethically. Be true to yourself and check that you align with the organisations ethics, values and purpose. I completely understand how tedious, frustrating and disheartening applying for jobs can be… but trust in the recruitment process and know that when you do get accepted, it’s because you are the perfect fit – and no one else!

 

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