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Believe in yourself, be positive and surround yourself with happy people – that’s the key to being resilient, according to Gold Coast teen Jasmine-Lili Vidovic who has changed her life around by following this motto.

Growing up, Jasmine said she had the best of both worlds with a family cattle station to visit in far north Queensland as well as the family home in the Gold Coast city. However, when her parents separated, she found herself frequently moving between different schools and homes.

“I lost interest and just gave up on school. I had only completed Year 9 and started hanging around the wrong kind of people,” Jasmine said.

Jasmine found herself in trouble with Youth Justice, but fortunately for her – this was the support she needed to get back on track.

“They helped me a lot, with training courses and driving lessons so I could work towards getting my P’s. I also started to surround myself with positive people and moved away from all the negativity,” she said.

With her head in the right frame of mind and determination to boot, Jasmine started handing her Resume around so she could gain some employment.

“No one would hire me. So I came to ETC for help and they got me a job at Guzman Y Gomez (GYG) which is my first real job and I love it,” Jasmine said.

“I like committing to something and I enjoy getting up in the morning to go to work. The people I work with are really supportive too.”

ETC Business Accounts Manager Ilona Tulia said it was Jasmin’s enthusiasm that got her the job.

“Jasmine didn’t have much to offer on her Resume with limited education or work history, however, we could see that she was really motivated to change her life around,” Ms Tulia said.

“She was invited to attend an information session with the local GYG Manager and was the first person to turn up, was very vocal throughout the session and even stayed back with the employer to ask questions. This resulted in an interview, then she was offered employment and has been a valued member of the GYG crew for over three months now. She is also being trained up to take on extra responsibilities. We are very proud of Jasmine.”

So what does the future hold for Jasmine?

“I’ve always wanted to become a florist and have my own shop. I would like to travel – so being a flight attendant interests me also.  But I realise that I need to go back and finish my Grades 11 and 12 to do that.”

Jasmine’s advice to other young people who may have been in a similar situation:

“You just have to think positive and do positive things. Believe in yourself – if you think you can’t do it, then you won’t. But if you think you can, then you will. Be happy with what you do and be around happy people,” said suggests.

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