In late June, over 140 students from Year 12 were out of school learning about the world of work – an invaluable experience unavailable to them in the regular classroom environment. This could not have happened without the generous support given by work places in the local, school and wider community in offering placements to our students. Judging by the feedback the school has received from participating organisations and the reflections and comments from students, Work Experience 2019 has been as in previous years, an exciting learning curve for our students and a very worthwhile endeavour.

Students found a wide variety of placements in law and accountancy firms, banks, veterinary clinics, physiotherapy clinics, hospital and medical centres, early childhood and aged care facilities, architectural firms, engineering, advertising, art galleries, design studios, IT, media, radio and TV stations and more. There are many employers who are interested in sharing their careers and places of work with young people and want to encourage them in their career goals.

For many, work experience was a confirmation of what they wanted to do in the future or showed them that they could be confident and mix with new people and manage new tasks.  On the other hand, for some, it was a realisation that this was not the sort of work they wanted to do or that the reality of the job was not quite what they had expected.  

By Charlotte Murray, Year 13 Dean and Future Pathways / Gateway