15 Jul Oh hey Stefani…
Telling stories that matter is what drives Stefani (as in Gwen…) Seumanu in her desire to become a journalist.
This month Gladstone News was fortunate enough to host the Tannum Sands High School Year 12 student for work experience organised through EQIP Gladstone.
Stefani, whose favourite subject is English and who enjoys playing rugby for her team the Gladstone Wallabies, said she had a passion for sports journalism as it combined two of her interests.
“I want to make a difference in people’s lives,” she said.
“I love sports reporting, but I also want to help people who have lost their voice, or help people find their voice.
“Journalism will allow me to help educate people and raise awareness about things that matter.”
In her spare time, Stefani works as a casual waitress at Tannum Thai – she might be biased but she highly recommends their chicken Pad Thai – in her own words it’s “amazing”.
Stefani said she had thoroughly enjoyed her time with the GN Team and encourages work experience as an opportunity to “test the waters”.
“I think work experience is great for people who are invested in their futures but want to learn more about their chosen career paths,” she said.
“You don’t really know what a job or career will be like unless you’ve actually had that firsthand experience which helps you make an informed decision.”
Thanks for spending your school holidays with us Stefani, we hope you had a great time, and look forward to seeing your byline in print in the near future.
Stefani’s top interview tips for work experience students
#1) Do your research on the company prior to contacting them. This will impress the employer as they will notice you took the initiative to research what they do.
#2) Always keep your options open. Be mindful that you may not always be able to secure your dream work experience placement.
#3) Always take advantage of any opportunities that come your way. Whether it’s applying for multiple Apprenticeships / Traineeships / Jobs. This will increase your chances of success.
#4) Get comfortable with rejection. Don’t panic though, because your next opportunity might be around the corner.