Stu­dents try their hand in the work­place

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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.”

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