Experiencing a future career

Last week was our annual work experience week. All Year 10 students launched into the world of work as they went to various businesses across the Illawarra, as far as Southern Sydney and down to the Shoalhaven.

Students and their parents had arranged placement in consultation with local business owners. The roles were diverse and placed them into new and exciting contexts where they could explore the career opportunities available in the various industries.

“We had students undertaking placements in engineering, veterinary science, medicine, pharmacy, aviation, zoo keeping, teaching, physiotherapy, specialist cardiac nursing, retail, cabinet making, plumbing, legal services, multimedia, web design, hair and beauty, industrial design, advertising, maintenance, interior design, music, auto mechanics and the list goes on,” said Careers Advisor Andrew Gear.  

Below are some examples of students in their work experience placement.

Jasmine’s goal is to work as a pharmacist, and to be able to compound medicines to assist the ill and suffering. She completed her placement at the Hospital Hill Pharmacy where she assisted serving customers, unpacking stock and setting out displays and viewed the pharmacist compounding medicines. She was excited to participate and felt this helped confirm her career aspiration.

Eva, Jorja, Clarry and Samuel completed their placements at the Wollongong Hospital. All four students felt this was a real “eye opener” to see what goes on in the hospital and what people go through with illness. They observed the stress that health care staff experience as they provide care and assistance, and also managed to share in some special moments such as assisting in the paediatric ward with newborn babies or observing in the cardiac ward.  All four felt the experience significantly reinforced their desire to continue that career pathway.  Wollongong Hospital Work Experience Coordinator commented on the calibre of our students and the level of responsibility they were able to handle,  enabling them to give our students a greater opportunity to observe hospital operations.

Nathaniel meantime was busily working on architectural drawings at an engineering firm checking calculations and designing housing structures using his Mathematics and Physics skills. He went out on site to observe how these applied in real life construction situations.

Tatiana employed her skills assisting in Cedars own Junior School with Year 4 children. She had time helping with their spelling, math and basic learning skills. Tatiana enjoyed getting to know the children and finding out what they aspired to be when they get older. She learned new fundamental skills on how to communicate and work with children to get their full attention.

Genevieve also worked in a primary school at Lindsay Park Primary.  She had the privilege of working with Kindergarten right up to Year 6 and assisted children with many different needs. Lindsay Park is a friendly and diverse environment and an ideal workplace.

Daniel applied himself to community service work, assisting at the Salvation Army Store in Unanderra. He helped sorting and receiving donations, stocking shelves and helping wherever he could. His supervisor indicated what a wonderful help he had been and how he fitted in with the other staff and volunteers.

Jacob looked the part so much that Mr Gear took two times around the Bunnings Store before he found him.  Jacob was industriously looking after plants in the nursery at Bunnings. His supervisor had positive things to say about how Jacob had helped in the store stocking and assisting customers. They were impressed with his commitment and application as he replaced and tended to plants in the nursery that had blown over in recent wind storms.

Here are some more of our Work Experience students in action: