Emily Robertson and Mikaela Hayman during their work experience at The Observer.
Emily Robertson and Mikaela Hayman during their work experience at The Observer. Bianca Box

Students get feel for workplace

TO ACHIEVE success in the career of your choice baby steps must first be taken.

That’s why work experience for senior high school students is a pre-requisite on the path to their chosen career.

The Gladstone Observer has a high turnover of work experience students revolving through its doors.

The Year 10 students pass through the Observer in the fields of photography and journalism.

Schools and Industry Network’s (SAIN) work placement officer Sue Beutel said work experience helps develop work skills for the students.

“They get to gain an appreciation of work place ethics and discipline and it builds their personal and social skills through interaction with a broader cross section of people,” she said.

Work experience also benefits employers who can use the experience as a future recruitment tool to identify talent and commitment.

“Employers can use it as an opportunity to train and shape skills required for future employment,” Sue said.

The students also get the opportunity to find out first-hand if they like the type of work before they choose their senior subjects on the journey of their career path.

Many students don’t actually get to experience the job until they have finished their university degrees and by then it’s too late if they don’t like the work.

The Observer Editor Meredith Papvasilliou said work experience was vital to anyone wanting to get some real insight into the career of their choice.

“It is also a great way for employers to identify talent, and in an employment market such as Gladstone’s access to great people can give an organisation a great advantage,” she said.



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