By: Katrina Lubiano
What's Brought you To This Point?
I had moved to Brisbane from Canada after graduating university almost 4 months ago now.
My first job upon arriving here on my working holiday visa was at a telesales center. It was a 9-5 full-time gig in a stuffy office with pushy sales techniques. I was earning money doing work that I didn't believe in.
Brisbane is a stunning city with so much culture to take in, it was a shame I was in an office all day. I lasted a week at that gig. I stumbled upon mini nanny agency through their an advertisement looking for a temp nanny position for a beautiful family that I am so thankful to have in my life today.
What Drew you To Nannying?
One of the reasons I was drawn to childcare is because I love hanging out with kids. Children provide a fresh perspective and help simplify what we grown-ups are so great at over-complicating. I think nannying can be a creative and flexible outlet as a job, especially if you’re on a temporary visa, like myself. You can apply so many different skills working with children, whether your talents are in cooking, art, teaching, or organisation. It’s rewarding to know that at the end of the day, you’re in a career helping families.
How Did you Find Mini Nanny Agency?
Reaching out through a recruitment agency, through mini Nanny Agency, is an excellent way to start off your nannying career and meet people in a new city. To be honest, mini nanny agency was not the first place I came across when I decided on this nanny-adventure. I applied at a few other agencies and met with their recruitment agents, but it was Michelle’s warm personality and punctuality that won me over.
Michelle is passionate about what she does and really cares about the families and the nannies she works with. The interview didn’t feel like an interview at all; she was genuinely interested in getting a feel for my personality and story to ensure I was the best match for her client.
What Advice Would You Have For People Looking To Become A Nanny In A New City?
It’s really about creating a network when moving to a new country. To meet people who are like-minded makes all the difference in helping a new city feel more like home, and I found that my values with Michelle and mini Nanny Agency aligned.
What Was your First Nanny Job?
My first nannying gig was a temporary position with the Majer family themselves. Their nanny had gone on vacation, so I had the opportunity to work with the charming and very active 8-year-old, Henry and his lovely mom, Suzie. I can’t say enough amazing things about this family. I am one of those people who believes that people come into your life for a reason, and since I’ve moved to Brisbane, without my family, I’ve felt such a strong connection to the Majers and all they’ve done for my partner and me
I was overall impressed with Michelle’s approach with recruitment in that she takes the time to get to know the families’ and the nannies’ needs. I’m so pleased to be working for a company that I truly believe in. Since working for the Majers, I’ve started nannying for another great family and have been writing for the mini-blog and I can honestly say, that I love what I do. If you want to immerse yourself in the Australian experience as a traveler, I can’t think of a better and more rewarding career than nannying.