AND programs support Elvin to get his career on track
Mon 17 July 2017
Twenty-four-year-old Elvin Paul Lam from Glen Waverley, recently completed an innovative internship program, designed to connect skilled students with disability to employers.
The Australian Network on Disability (AND)’s Stepping Into™ program, helps students to gain vital work experience, while supporting businesses to become more welcoming of people with disability as employees.
Elvin wanted to take the skills he learnt during his Bachelor of Commerce and Business Information Systems and apply them in a real-world situation.
“I was placed with PwC. The role was part of their summer vacation program and I worked as part of the assurance team,” said Elvin. “I was responsible for doing a half year audit to ensure the numbers and accounting processes were correct. Any variations were queried. I also did a one week project in IT, to ensure there were adequate records around project planning,” he added.
Elvin was also keen to improve his skills in time management, prioritisation and communication. “Being in the workplace gives a more hands-on opportunity to develop these types of skills,” he said.
A key motivation for Elvin is to support the health industry by advancing patient systems. “I help look after my dad after he had a serious injury and I want to use my skills to help large organisations to make the patient experience smoother.”
Elvin is well on his way to achieving his goal, and is currently working for DXC technology, an independent, end-to-end IT services company. The company supplies patient admission systems and Elvin supports maintenance and problem solving.
“I think taking part in the Stepping Into program definitely helped me. I gained different perspectives about what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be. I was able to be really targeted with my applications,” said Elvin.
Before starting his internship with PwC, Elvin participated in AND’s Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE) program. “I was paired with a mentor in ANZ. PACE was great to find out about what skills are required in the workforce. I could map out what I needed to achieve in a short timeframe.”
When asked what advice he’d give to others considering the programs, Elvin said, “I would definitely recommend both programs. It's important to be yourself and make the most out of the opportunity. Everyone is willing to help. Diversity inclusion is positive and I've found people to be really welcoming. They see the positives that you can bring to the team.”
To find out more about Stepping Into and PACE, visit www.and.org.au or call 1300 36 36 45.