All Year 10 students at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College in Nathalia enjoyed a week off school recently while undertaking a week of work.
Students Digby Bunnett and Justin Watson turned in their school badges in exchange for a name tag as they took on their first work experience last week in Shepparton.
Justin Watson, who joined Greater Shepparton City Council for the week, said his experience had been a good opportunity to see what working in a full-time position was like.
‘‘It gives me motivation, direction and something to reach towards in the future,’’ Justin said.
‘‘We get the first-hand experience of what the job is and what the reality of it is.’’
Justin would like to have a career that incorporates geography.
He believed the work experience program would help broaden his future opportunities by teaching him new information about the work force and giving him some experience that an employer might look for.
‘‘My favourite part about work experience is all the new information and techniques I get to learn to better my chances at a strong career in the future,’’ Justin said.
Digby began his week of work experience at Riverlinks Eastbank, where he had the opportunity to see what happens behind the curtains at the theatre.
‘‘I chose Riverlinks for my work experience not only because it’s a theatre but because it’s a different side of theatre that can introduce me to the tech side,’’ he said.
Digby believes the schools program is ‘‘very important so that we can get an idea of what a work placement could be like, and it can help us decide if that pathway is one you want to pursue in the future.
‘‘I like the work experience program and how it gives us the independence in the work force and allows us to work towards our dream job.’’
For more information visit the college’s website at www.smotanathalia. catholic.edu.au and go to the careers section.
Maddison Howell is a Year 10 work experience student from St Mary of the Angels Secondary College, Nathalia.