Megan’s Story: From Old Girl to Tara Staff Member
8 December 2017
I really enjoy going to libraries and reading, so my dream career was to work in a library. As a former student of Tara Anglican School for Girls, I decided to contact them and ask for an opportunity to volunteer. Thankfully, they agreed and I began volunteering in the Junior School library. At the beginning, I felt shy, but Chris and Gwyn, my supervisors, were very kind to me. They were patient when they showed me new tasks and always offered a helping hand.
After some time, I was offered a volunteer role at the Senior School library every Monday while also continuing to volunteer in the Junior School Library every Tuesday and Wednesday. I decided to be courageous and give it a go, so I started also volunteering in the Senior Library. There was a lot to learn with my new role but I continued to persevere. Thanks to the kindness of the senior library staff, I slowly began to be more confident with my tasks.
I was really enjoying working so I contacted Ability Options seeking support in finding a paid role. I told them about my volunteering at Tara Anglican School and they were really impressed with my consistency and work ethic. Ability Options held a meeting with the school about giving me a paid one-year contract doing the same work I did as a volunteer and the school agreed. When the contract ended, Tara continued to keep me as a paid casual employee.
During my school term as a casual, the school offered me a permanent part-time job as a Library Clerical Assistant which I gladly accepted. I was so happy when I received this offer. All my persistence had been worthwhile.
I am and will be always be grateful to Ability Options and Tara Anglican School for Girls for giving me a chance and helping me achieve my dream job and for accepting me for who I am. It’s an amazing feeling to feel included, to feel welcomed and to feel like you belong and that’s how I feel with the library team at Tara.
By Megan Davey
Old Girl – 2004 Leaver & Current Tara Staff Member
The above story was submitted for the recent International Day of People with Disability 2017 awards.