The Way Finders Podcast​

Listen to our CEO Maria Smith get the best industry insights and advice from top recruiters, HR experts and business managers in our podcast series.

Maria is excited to announce a brand new partnership between Bounce and genU Training. In this episode, she talks with Lisa Abbott who it the General Manager of Education and Training at genU Training about how they are taking an exciting and innovative approach to student support and development through the Bounce Program Online.
Maria talks with Bounce USA Trainer Michael Upson about his personal experiences with racism, how we can ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable’ and understand what it takes to become an ally in defeating racial inequality. It’s powerful. It’s educational. And it’s so relevant right now!
In this very special COVID-19 podcast, Maria speaks with John Mendoza who is a mental health and suicide prevention expert about the importance of resilience during times of uncertainty. John shares his powerful insights as to what we need to do and how we need to think to get through the current situation and beyond.
Mindset is a powerful thing. In this self-care series podcast, Maria sits down with former Australian swimming champion, Samantha Riley to talk about how mindset, emotional intelligence and motivation helped her achieve amazing things in the pool. It’s a powerful conversation that shows how much can be achieved when you believe in yourself.
As we roll on through self-care month, Maria sits down with the incredible Trevor Hendy, former champion Ironman and OAM, to talk about how we get balance in our spiritual and emotional self. Trevor describes himself as a Soul Coach, helping people explore their abilities and find their passion all while leaving behind unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and memories.
With self-care being an important focus for us, Maria speaks with the amazing Karla Gilbert, OAM who is a Nutrition and Health Coach and former iron-woman and paddle boarding champion. Maria and Karla talk about how to prioritise physical health and working towards a healthier lifestyle.
We’re back for another Way Finders Podcast and in this episode Maria talks with Amanda Simpson who was a former job seeker and now works for Bounce as a Trainer. Amanda talks passionately about how Bounce really did change her life!
In this episode, Maria speaks with Centacare Employment Consultant Robyn Reeve about what it’s like on the frontline working with job seekers. She has some incredible insights and powerful stories to share about how to create deep and meaningful relationships.
As the Employment Services Co-ordinator for the Work for the Dole program at WDEA Works, Alison is passionate about helping people realise their strengths, discovering what motivates them and helping them find a meaningful purpose. In this episode, Maria and Alison explore what is truly inspiring about her work.
As the CEO of ETC, Jenny Barnett knows first-hand how valuable it is to invest in people. At ETC, they have created a strong culture around their people and are committed to investing in the skills and training needed to help their staff provide incredible customer service. In this episode, Maria chats with Jenny about some of the unique ways they are supporting and engaging their staff, which has resulted in improved outcomes for their clients and created new experiences for their job seekers.
Fiercely passionate and relentlessly committed to incredible outcomes are some of the best ways to describe Job Prospects Victorian State Operations Manager, Stacey Dutschke. In this episode, you’ll hear Maria talk with Stacey about what makes her so inspired by the work Job Prospects is doing and how they are making a huge difference to their clients’ lives.
Employer insights are incredibly valuable when it comes to job seeker placement. In this episode, Maria chats with Simon Cox, Managing Director of SONAC Maryborough, about all things recruitment and how employment consultants can best prepare their clients for work.

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