It’s not often a work experience student impresses a company so much they invite her back to work full-time.
But this was the case with recent graduate Nicole Muskovits.
Nicole is our new family worker and community-strengthening program assistant, and is enjoying sinking her teeth into a new social work role at South Eastern Community Connect (SECC).
Nicole recently graduated from a Bachelor in Social Work at the University of Sydney.
She has fond memories of her days working with SECC on a student placement position back in 2017.
After completing her second placement in Liverpool Hospital’s mental health unit, Nicole felt more and more drawn to the idea of using her skills in a grassroots, community-based role.
“I’m very interested in the community side of social work, and I’m looking forward to working with our new community-strengthening team leader to support people in the local area,” she says.
Nicole regularly attends SECC’s playgroups at Eastlakes Public School, Kensington Park Community Centre, Green Square Community Hall and Lexington Hub in Maroubra throughout the week to build relationships with parents.
“I am able to offer one-off support or formalised casework to families and take a holistic approach in my role,” she says.
SECC offered Nicole her very first university placement, which she says was “fantastic”.
“The people are amazing and it was the first community-based NGO I’d worked for,” she says.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to come back and expand on my skills as a professional and take on a leadership role in the local community.”