Our LASA Next Gen Ambassadors are incredibly passionate about the age services industry; from our front-line staff to those in our business teams, and those in hospitality; they love being part of our age services sector and supporting our workplaces through this period of unprecedented growth and change and into the future. Our Ambassadors are helping LASA Next Gen to promote the changing face of aged care and highlight how our industry is dynamic, innovative and life-changing.
But, who are they?
Meet Kashim Oriaje, Assistant Director of Care at Alzheimer’s Association of QLD and a LASA Next Gen Ambassador. Learn a bit more about him and his love for our age services industry!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself
In one part, the people around us are the mirror that reflects who we are. By the same token, we cannot be fully appraised just based on our appearance alone. I have come to realize that applies to most things in my life.
In this lifetime, we come across many people and events, and nothing lasts more that the impact one makes. People will remember you for the impact you have had in their life, the part you played in their story and the change you made with them. In a nutshell, I am someone who values the people around me, takes the effort to know them and work towards developing meaningful relationships.
Plus, I like beautiful things and playing PS games.
2. What is your favourite thing about working in aged care or what is your favourite memory?
Nursing was not my first career preference, and I never even thought about age. I was intending to dabble in Information Communication Technology. However, ended up being a nurse in Age Services, it was fated and I have never looked back.
I was lucky to have come across a manager that is very passionate about the Aged Services Industry, this opened my eyes and heart. I came to recognise the value of the work done and the people that worked in the industry. To them this is not just a job but a vocation. Working with people of this mindset, learning the stories and accomplishment of the residents and clients in Aged services does humble one and realise the need to value and cherish our relationships and the time we have available to us now.
3. What is/are your proudest achievement/s in the age services industry so far?
My personal achievement is that I see myself being more broad minded. More importantly, is seeing the people that I have trained and mentored have great achievements of their own. They have come to develop their own appreciation towards Age Services. Other than this I am more content with everything else.
4. What do you wish other people knew about Age Services?
Age Services not aged care. When I meet new students coming into the residential home for their first time, one of the thing I often say to them is that they the staff are the guest in the residents/clients home and they need to have such awareness in all of their conduct and respect the way the clients/resident wants their home to look and be treated. Staff are there to provide services. They must strive to deliver the best service and experiences they can. Being old is not an illness and its part of life’s journey, having the client and their family invite and entrust us to be a part of this is a privileged that should be cherished.
5. Feel free to add in another Q or info that you would love to share with other young leaders!
Age Services Industry is comprised of many professions, requires and demands for talents and a wide array of skillsets. This simple means opportunities and career pathways are limitless in the industry. So working within the Aged services will not limit ones future prospects. As long as you are willing, determined and curious, a lot can be achieved. In the future, I hope my nursing experiences is an added bonus for when I seek to explore my next career in IT/tech.
Kashim is a LASA Next Gen Ambassador in QLD. See all our Ambassadors here.