Nav Jayakumar says he’s the youngest guy at the Disability Services Commission – but it’s clear he’s certainly not the least experienced.
The 22-year-old began work two days a week at the Commission at 15, when he was in Year 11 and 12 at Swan View Senior High School completing his Certificate l in Business.
Since then, he has undertaken work in a range of business areas, from receptionist at the Commission’s Myaree office to file management in Payroll/HR and with IT on the Administrative Management System.
Now, as an administrative officer in the Office of the Director General, Nav provides a wide range of services around the Commission, including filing, meeting support and record management. He especially enjoys supporting the Commission’s Communication Team in running information sessions and expos.
“I’m very happy in my job. My favourite part of work is filing and entering database information,” he said.
He’s come a long way since he was employed on a fulltime contract at the Commission through Edge Employment Solutions in 2012, after he finished high school. In the last few years Nav has progressed his career by completing Certificates ll, lll and lV in Business.
Then in July 2016 Nav was thrilled when his job became permanent.
“Having a permanent job was an ambition,” Nav said.
“Sometimes it’s been hard but I just like to keep learning. Rather than being bored, I want to work hard.
“Now my ambition is to be an Administrative Assistant – I really like being able to help people out.”
Nav is motivated by his plans to one day buy a car, have a german shepherd to care for and buy a house, with a gaming room where he can enjoy his hobby as an online YouTube gamer.
Having a job has also enabled him to enjoy some of his other passions, such as recently going to his first concert – he saw the visiting Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine, which he began following as a shared passion with his childhood friend Billy, from his days at Treetops Montessori School.
Nav and his family came to Australia from Malaysia in 2004. He said he gets joy from the pride his parents and brother have in his achievements in the public service.
Commission Director General Dr Ron Chalmers said Nav made a great contribution to the smooth running of his office.
“It is marvellous to have been able to watch Nav’s career develop over the years since he came here as a school student,” Dr Chalmers said.
“Nav is always so willing to put himself out for others and we all appreciate his hard work.”