GIRL FRIDAY: Gladstone State High School student Jay Willis undertook work experience at The Gladstone Observer. Photo: Tia Scott/The Observer
GIRL FRIDAY: Gladstone State High School student Jay Willis undertook work experience at The Gladstone Observer. Photo: Tia Scott/The Observer Tia Scott/The Observer

Work placement provides rewarding experience for girls

THE future is unpredictable, but two Gladstone teens know what they want out of life and have made their first step towards achieving it.

Gladstone State High School Year 10 students Jay Willis and Tia Scott undertook work experience this week at The Observer.

Jay, whose hobbies include motorbike riding and skateboarding, had a glimpse into the world of photography.

"It's enjoyable and a fun experience. It is an interesting job to do," she said.

"The editing and the whole taking pictures. Going to different places. Everyone was so lovely."

Jay said the one thing she would take away is to take pride in her work.

GIRL FRIDAY: Gladstone State High School student Tia Scott undertook work experience at The Gladstone Observer. Photo: Jay Willis/The Observer
GIRL FRIDAY: Gladstone State High School student Tia Scott undertook work experience at The Gladstone Observer. Photo: Jay Willis/The Observer Jay Willis/The Observer

As for Tia, diving into journalism made her experience completely different.

As someone who loves surfing, travelling and playing the piano, she is always up for trying new things.

Everyone here was really nice and answered any questions that I had.

In 10 years time Tia can see herself being a lawyer.

"I don't know why, I mean I could change my mind. I think because the law has structure. I think also because I'm a strong speaker and I question almost everything," she said.

On what she likes most about journalism she said: "I like being able to write what I think and create a good story. I also like having an insight to other people's lives and learning new things every day."

The most enjoyable part of her work experience was writing articles and interviewing people and would come back if she could.

"It was really interesting and I got a lot from it. Everyone here was really nice and answered any questions that I had."

Tia said the thing she would take away most from the experience was to have confidence in what you're writing and who you're interviewing.

"Also to enjoy experiencing new things."

Both students really benefited a lot from the short period of time they were in the workforce and were grateful their school allowed them to undergo the experience.

GIRL FRIDAY: Gladstone State High School student Jay Willis undertook work experience at The Gladstone Observer. Photo: Tia Scott/The Observer
GIRL FRIDAY: Gladstone State High School student Jay Willis undertook work experience at The Gladstone Observer. Photo: Tia Scott/The Observer Tia Scott/The Observer


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