Students try their hand in the workplace
IT MAY not be a stereotypical industry for a young woman to venture into, but for one Dalby student it is in her genes.
Dalby State High School student Logan Connell has been testing out her skills as a diesel fitter at McKay’s Diesel and Tractor Repairs over the past few days.
Logan and her fellow students have been distributed around the region to experience what it’s like to be a working Australian citizen.
Although Logan had other ideas she thought of pursuing, diesel fitting has always been an option for her.
“My grandparents in Roma own a diesel fitting place and I’ve been around there all my life and they’ve really encouraged me to do that,” Logan said.
“It’s a learning experience, just in case I don’t have anything else after I finish school that I can go back onto if I want to.”
Even though diesel fitting has traditionally been a male-orientated industry, Logan said this had not affected her attitude towards the job.
“I don’t care about it that much,” she said.
“It doesn’t really matter that I’m a female, it shouldn’t change how I’m treated in the industry. “I’m enjoying it.
“I’d definitely recommend it.”
McKay’s Diesel and Tractor Repairs director Lindsay McKay expressed the importance of testing career options for students.
“It gives them a sense, I know it’s only a week and isn’t long but the idea in their head of that job may not be what that job entails at all,” Mr McKay said.
“That’s why I like to give them pretty much exactly what it’s like - a variety of what happens and so they can go yeah I hate that or I love that.”