03 Jun Students prepare for future careers by Mitch Dowling
Throughout late May and early June Chanel College Gladstone’s Year 10 students were out in the workforce gaining hands-on experience.
The cohort of 125 students was placed in all kinds of workplaces across the region from hospitality and industry to education and accounting.
Chanel Careers Counsellor Leanne Crane said it was important for students to be placed somewhere they will enjoy.
For Sam Devlin that place was St. John The Baptist Catholic Primary School Gladstone (St John’s).
“I hadn’t considered a career path, but after reviewing the options I realized I had an interest in teaching,” he said.
Over the five days he was at St John’s Sam helped in Year Four, but mostly assisted in preparing for the school’s athletics carnival with Health and Physical Education teacher Des Langdon.
Sam really enjoyed the hands-on activities he was tasked with during his time at St John’s.
Mrs Crane said this experience “prepares students for the working world, but also improves their maturity, confidence, and self-reliance”.
“Work experience is really important to employers, as well as universities when they are considering taking on young people,” she said.
Chanel is growing quickly, meaning Mrs Crane with the assistance of EQIP Gladstone had to place a lot more students than they usually do.
“We would like to thank all of the places who kindly accepted our Year 10s into their workplaces this year,” Mrs Crane said.
“This is a massive thing for these places to do, Gladstone is not really a big place, but the variety and opportunities for students have been outstanding.”
Earlier this month the Gladstone News Team were lucky enough to host Chanel College student Mitch Dowling for journalism work experience.
Mitch, who is 15 and has a mad love for Rugby League, enjoys English and writing.
“Journalism, in particular sports journalism, interests me because it combines two of my passions,” he said.
“Learning from the GN Team these past two weeks has been great.
“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to be out of the classroom and in a real work environment.”
While with GN we had Mitch write a few articles for us including a review on the new Disney movie Cruella (check out our Facebook Page), and an article on what’s on these school holidays which will feature in our next edition.
Thanks Mitch for choosing Gladstone News for your work experience, we hope you had fun and learned a bit while you were with us – we’d be happy to have you back again next year!
While Mitch spent his time with Gladstone News Team, we also had Kate James from Chanel College in the office.
Kate, who enjoys art, took advantage of the opportunity to do work experience with our Elevate Media Team learning all about what it means to be a Graphic Designer.
“I love being creative, but school doesn’t offer much to do with graphic design,” she said.
“So I wanted to try it out in the real world, and see if design was something I would want to do in the future.”
While with Elevate, Kate enjoyed spending time with our in-house designer Lisa exploring InDesign and Illustrator creating logos and business cards.
“I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to learn some new skills, and get a taste of what it means to work in the real world,” she said.
If Kate didn’t already have two after school jobs we would have snapped her up, it was great to have her in the office – hopefully we will see her back in 2022.