Youths decide career paths

WITH high school behind them, Gladstone year 12 graduates are deciding their career paths.

For some it's a daunting task, but for others they are ready to take the plunge.

Chanel College graduate Amanda Rose is about to embark on the next stage of her life when she starts a Diploma of Business at Martin College next month.

Amanda said she looked at courses at Martin College on the advice of her family and found one that suited her career aspirations.

'I wanted to get a fun job, maybe overseas, that wouldn't have me stuck behind a desk all day,' she said.

Amanda was also successful in winning a scholarship which provided both financial assistance and practical experience through working in the college marketing office on promotional events such as careers markets. 'It is the best of both worlds,' Amanda said.

'They will help me find a job, even overseas, and it is only for 12 months.'

Amanda's advice for students heading into senior next year was to listen to people's advice, take a year off if they wanted but get some kind of degree.

High school graduate Erin Pollard has also taken the next step in her life by commencing a business administration traineeship at the Gladstone Court- house.

'I did a school-based traineeship in senior and followed on with this one,'' Erin said.

'I want to go on to uni so I am going to do this and then apply next year.'

Erin said she was looking to do something in administration but had not ruled out studying law.

'I am enjoying the work at the courthouse and would like to continue here in some way,'' she said.

'Students coming in to year 11 and 12 in 2006 should seriously think about a school-based scholarship.

'It will give you a head start when you finish high school.'

University offers will be released by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) in January.

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