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Pandemic proof careers

Pandemic proof careers

Jack Thomas says a career change into aged care has many benefits, most notably getting to know the residents of Oakfield Lodge Residential Care in SA.

Job security was a big reason chef Jack Thomas joined Southern Cross Care in March.

Having migrated from Mauritius in 2012, Jack previously worked in pubs and on the Murray River’s Proud Mary cruise.

He said he enjoys preparing meals for residents because they have specific dietary needs and it gives him the opportunity to be creative in his cooking.

“As a chef in a pub, I didn’t work for a week during the lockdown, then I was only doing casual shifts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It wasn’t enough income to support myself,” Jack said.

“I felt like I needed something more secure, as we just don’t know if we will go into lockdown again.”

“Working at Southern Cross Care has also given me a better work/life balance. My shifts are now 8am - 4pm and when I was in a pub I wouldn’t finish until 10.30pm.”

Southern Cross Care CEO David Moran said hospitality workers have the skill set that fits well with the aged care provider’s Better for life vision for its residents and clients.

“Our hiring experience has shown that hospitality workers tend to be very empathetic and service orientated with good communication skills whilst showing plenty of initiative,” David said.

“Hospitality staff are used to providing personalised dining experiences which is what we do for our residents at Southern Cross Care."

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