03 Jan
Tate took a chance on a new opportunity and found a rewarding career

Tate took a chance on a new opportunity and found a rewarding career

The uncertainty of COVID has pushed many of us in different directions over the past two years, but for 23-year-old Tate Pearse it has led to a new and rewarding career.

Tate was a sports tutor for a soccer coaching company when COVID led to many of its programs being put on hold.

“My bosses knew a manager at Workpower who had mentioned they were looking for workers,” explained Tate.

“With many of our programs ‘on ice’ and work likely to be limited as a result, they suggested that applying to Workpower might be a good idea.”

Tate got the job and has now been working at Workpower as a support coach for a little over a year.

“I thought to myself, ‘I might like it, I might not, but let’s see how I go’. But as soon as I did the School Holiday Program, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said Tate.

“It’s very rewarding to give people with disability that sense of belonging and see them happy when we help them out. I want to continue on as much as I can and build on that as a career.”

A support coach’s day is fluid, with the activities planned dependant on the customer in their care.

“Every day is different. For example, today I was supporting a customer who has autism and is non-verbal so that can be challenging – but he is very sporty, so the usual day with him will be swimming and walking, then we play cricket, basketball, or footy. It’s a lot of fun, he’s just one of my mates I play sport with.”

It’s not all a walk in the park for Tate, but some of the more challenging times have led to his most rewarding experiences.

“I’d say my proudest moment came a few months ago, we had a very challenging day with a very stressed customer,” explained Tate.

“By the end of the day we felt quite dejected, but soon after received an email from the customer’s group home manager saying how happy they are with the respect we show, even on the difficult days.”

“That was also a number of months ago, and we’ve since had many more really enjoyable sessions with this customer. That’s a proud moment for me.”

It was taking a chance on a new opportunity that brought Tate to Workpower and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The look on the customer’s face at the end of the day is best part of the job. During the day I’ll get a thumbs up or a smile, sometimes a high five. So, I would say that’s my favourite part of being a support coach – that rewarding feeling of knowing I am helping someone be this happy.”

If you’re looking for a rewarding career, have you considered becoming a support coach? We are looking to bolster our numbers – give us a call on 1800 610 665 or email your details to hr@workpower.asn.au to have a chat and see if this work is well suited to you.