I migrated from Syria to Australia towards the end of 2016 with my parents and my sister.
Back home, I had a Bachelor’s degree in economics and worked as an accountant in the financial department at a bank. Once I arrived in Australia I wanted to continue my education so I started my Masters in professional accounting.
I landed a job in an Accounts Payable department at a company while I was studying. I was with them for three years. Then the pandemic hit. Unfortunately, I caught the virus and ended up having to leave my job.
It was then I came across the Brotherhood of St Laurence. I had spoken to a friend who had been part of the Given the Chance program and she highly recommended it.
I contacted and registered with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and they assigned someone to find me job opportunities. I went through the interview process with ANZ as well as some interviews with a few other companies - but my first preference was to work at ANZ.
I was so happy when I received the call from ANZ that I contacted my parents straight away and said “You are now speaking to an ANZ Personal Banker”.
I’ve now been working at ANZ for five months and I feel privileged to be part of the team. I’ve finished all my courses so I’m fully accredited to do everything at the branch.
I recommend the Given the Chance program to anyone who is out of work and needs a job. The Brotherhood of St Laurence does everything they can to help you overcome the hard experience or situation you might be facing at that particular time in your life.
They really care about providing a job – and not just any job, but one best suited to you. They don’t force you to take an opportunity just because it’s available and they ask for your opinion as well.
No matter how much you feel down in life, you should never give up because there are a lot of people willing to help. Without the Brotherhood of St Laurence, I never would have dreamed such an opportunity with ANZ would be possible.