Greek Speakers taking up rewarding careers in Aged Care

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“After the Greek economic crisis hit, I didn’t have a job for three years,” Anna Solomonidou says.
“I came to Australia for a wedding and within a week I found a job here.”
The first Australian job she applied for was at Fronditha Care, the not-for-profit aged care provider that helps Greek speaking seniors.

Fronditha Care gave her a chance to pursue a direct care role, something she desperately wanted to do in Greece, but family and the economic crisis got in the way.

“I think it’s vitally important as Greeks that we help our community,” she says.
Anna works in the Community Services field as a Personal Care Worker, helping seniors at home live a more independent life.

The career change has opened doors for Anna, and uniquely provided some stability during the pandemic period.
“The health sector is one of the few sectors offering stable jobs in this economy, with lots of opportunities for professional development and promotion,” she says.

She encourages anyone who might be considering a career change to put health care and aged care at the top of their list.

 

MEET IFIGENIA

Ifigenia Kalligerou Tsotra went from piano teacher to aged care professional.

“In Australia, there is a lack of stability if you have a career in music,” she says.
“So, when I became a permanent resident, I decided to change career and switch to aged care.”

She works as a Personal Care Worker at Fronditha Care, the not-for-profit aged care provider that helps Greek speaking seniors.
She came to Australia to follow her husband and decided to change her career.

Everyday she helps the elderly remain independent, by providing the support they need to live the way they want.

“Every time I go to their home, I feel like I am going to Greece, as if we are a family.”

“I feel that it is a privilege that we are able to interact, to listen to them and learn from their history and benefit from their wisdom.”

She hopes to continue her love of piano with the job too, playing to the elderly at the organisation’s residential facilities.
She encourages anyone who might be considering a career change to put health care and aged care at the top of their list.

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