SIX year 10 students from Bundarra Central School came closer to discovering their future careers last week. The students ventured out into the wider Inverell community, taking part in work experience.
LOVE BEING AROUND ANIMALS: Kara Gleeson spent the work experience week at Gowrie Vet Clinic.
Students were given the chance to select a workplace of their choice to spend the week.
Breony Vickery, Chloe Jamieson, Jakob Sullivan, Kara Gleeson, Trent Gregory and Tom Grant took part in the initiative, worked in different environments at Gowrie Veterinary Clinic, Boss Engineering, Sass Hair Design, a builder, a local property and The Inverell Times. They each had vastly different experiences, but one thing was clear; they all gained a valuable amount of knowledge, skills and awareness about industry.
Chloe snipped and trimmed her way at Sass Hair Design; this affirmed her passion to become a hairdresser.
She enjoyed her time there and learned many valuable tricks of the trade. While working at Sass, she swept floors, cleaned after the client visits and washed hair, but was disappointed not to be able to give the scissors a workout.
“I wasn’t allowed to cut people’s hair,” Chloe said.
“It was better than I expected it to be.”
The students were treated as employees and with early starts and late finishes.
The life of an adult certainly came as the shock to many.
Kara wanted to become a marine biologist, and grasped at the chance to work with animals at Gowrie Veterinary Clinic.
“I love being around animals and helping them. I like to think that I am making a real difference,” Kara said.
Kara was on her toes with job to clean cages, wash equipment, handle animals and walk the dogs.
“I got to walk a really cute pug,” she said.
She also watched fascinating surgery procedures and was educated on how the inject needles correctly.
Kara thought school work experience was a vital program for all students to help determine their future careers.
“Do work experience. It is a great opportunity which really opens your eyes,” she said.
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