Graduate Q & A Negasi We chatted with Negasi, who was a trainee during our Autumn Scarf ’15 program. Negasi’s been pretty busy since graduating from Scarf, and recently became the first graduate trainee to come back to Scarf as a volunteer mentor. Negasi worked behind the bar at Do More Than Dine ’18. Q. Why did you want to do Scarf?A. I was looking for a job at the time. What was the most beneficial part of the program?Networking and getting experience. Did you feel more confident to find a job after Scarf? If yes, why?Yes. Because of having experience from working in the restaurant, and having a mentor beside you. Have you been involved in any other Scarf events since you graduated?I worked at the first Do More Than Dine fundraising dinner in 2016. I saw it as a chance to get good, paid experience at a big event. And to meet Matt Preston! What have you been up to since graduating from Scarf?I worked at Shebeen bar for almost one year [after connecting with them through a Scarf mentor], then at Garden State Hotel for almost two years as a bartender. I recently left Garden State to move to a full time bartending job at Siglo. I’m about to start studying part time too – a Certificate IV to become an Operating Theatre Technician. In your current job, do you ever draw on anything you learned/experienced in the Scarf program?So much of what I know was learned at Scarf. I got experience with a mentor beside me. What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?Hopefully I’ll be working as an operating theatre technician. You’ve been mentoring the trainees in the Autumn Scarf ’18 program at Stomping Ground Beer Hall – why did you decide to come back to Scarf as a mentor?To give back – it makes you feel good. I’m doing it on my only day off, I could be sleeping but I’m volunteering! What is your advice to current and future Scarf trainees?Be good at anything you do, if you want to improve just ask. Give a smile. Be positive. What are you most excited about when you mentor new trainees in the program?To see them get a job at the end of it. To help them to get that experience that they need. Is there anything else you’d like to say?I’m so happy to see Scarf growing. I tell people I’m mentoring on a Tuesday… they ask me “Oh, at Scarf?” So many people know about it now, it’s awesome. Featured image: Negasi’s mentor portrait (Autumn Scarf ’18). Photo: Gareth Sobey.