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“During my time here at City Peugeot I have been shown all types of great things by the techs. And I must say, all the boys are great to work with.

The Trade Entry Training program has been well worth doing. It has given me the chance to experience a workshop of mechanics to its fullest. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking at getting a trade and needs a foot in the door.”

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“In Work has given me a fantastic opportunity to work as an apprentice mechanic. Even though I am female I am treated no differently.”

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When I came to Ralph and Michelle, I was at a bit of a low point as most people come to at various stages when they feel like they haven’t accomplished what they wanted to by a specific time, or when you get a degree and feel like you’ve got nothing to show for it. Although I had a degree and was working by this stage, it wasn’t remotely related to my field of study. I was virtually limiting all and any potential job opportunities as I was tunnel visioning my efforts to achieving what I perceived as the ‘dream job’. This had a bit of a domino effect and thus led to me feeling sorry for myself because I thought I wasn’t getting anywhere in life or meeting all of the grandiose personal goals I’d set for myself.

Ralph and Michelle sat down with me, asked me a few questions and over the proceeding weeks set a number of tasks for me. By doing this, it helped highlight to me what most of us already know about ourselves but might just not know how to either interpret or truths we avoid altogether. With their patience and mentoring and my willingness to listen and have a go, I finally opened my own eyes to how I was limiting myself in some areas and the strengths I could use to my advantage in the long run.

Ralph and Michelle taught me the skills I needed to help myself, rather than just going out there and doing it for me. I’ve since used these skills to allow myself to be open to opportunities I could see in front of me (and a few which I didn’t). In doing so, I inadvertently found a different path, networked, gained skills and life experiences to what I am now doing today – the ‘dream job’.

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Resolution Solution

How often is it that we set that New Year Resolution, only to find by the end of January that it has faded into the distance of the previous year.

Once January is over, never to be seen again, we are looking down the barrel of the new business year, the new school year, the new action for achievement for the next eleven months.

So here we are at the end of January 2016. Where do you sit with your resolutions for this year? If you have fallen into the resolution ‘fade out’, the solution is here.

Resetting our goals is as important as making them in the first place. The end of January is the perfect time to reassess and reset our plans as the year begins to be busy.

Think again about the year ahead and how you want it to end. By next Christmas how do you want to be feeling? Ask yourself now, out loud, what you want to have achieved. Create a picture of yourself in your mind and how you would look having achieved your plans.

Now, write down a list of steps to set your plan in motion. Make your steps achievable, starting with what you will do tomorrow to reinforce your written plan from today. Date your written steps, from commencement to completion. As you work through them during the year, if for some reason your completion date is not met, reset a new completion date and write this down.

When you have completed your list of steps plan, read it out loud to yourself three times. Then, as soon as possible, find someone else you would like to read your plan to out loud. Ask that person if they would mind listening to your 2016 plan. Most people would ‘jump at the chance’ to listen to someone else’s goals and plans for the year. It may just spark a slight feeling of guilt in themselves because they may not have even thought of their plans or goals at all, much less a written list of them.

So go ahead, reassess and reset your Resolution for 2016. Who knows, in doing so, you could be finding the solution for someone else as well.


Penelope Patch

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“I am really enjoying working with Volvo. I have learned a lot already and only a month in. I get along with every employee here at Austral Volvo and would love to start my career here.”

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• Incredibly user friendly;

• Fantastic support network;

• Very informative; and

• Tailored to small business.

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