Work exp at habi­tat

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - LUKE STRINGER

CUD­DLING koalas and wran­gling snakes are just a few of the ex­cit­ing tasks per­formed this year by keen Moss­man State High School Year 10s in their tra­di­tional week of work ex­pe­ri­ence.

All 117 Year 10 stu­dents are at­tend­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence this year, do­ing jobs rang­ing from boiler mak­ers and me­chan­ics to real es­tate agents and com­mer­cial fish­er­men.

The most pop­u­lar job cho­sen was with reef cruise op­er­a­tors in­clud­ing Ca­lypso and Quick­sil­ver.

Trades were also pop­u­lar with re­tail not too far be­hind.

How­ever, some stu­dents looked far­ther afield for their work ex­pe­ri­ence.

One stu­dent is trav­el­ling around the Cairns schools for part of his Cer­tifi­cate 2 in com­mu­nity re­cre­ation, while an­other stu­dent trav­elled to Bris­bane to do phys­io­ther­apy.

Moss­man State High School Prin­ci­pal, Deb­o­rah Kachel said for some Year 10 stu­dents the work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram could be life chang­ing.

“It is im­por­tant for young peo­ple to get ex­pe­ri­ence in a work place,’’ she said.

“For many it can lead on to trainee­ships and ap­pren­tice- ships.”

One stu­dent un­cer­tain of what the fu­ture held work wise told the Gazette that the ex­pe­ri­ence could prove a vi­tal key to any fu­ture ca­reer de­ci­sion.

Clair Sci­acca who is placed at the Moss­man vet­eri­nary clinic, said she had been able to ob­serve many sur­gi­cal pro­ce­dures on an­i­mals, as well as give in­jec­tions and other sim­i­lar tasks.

But she said that while she still is not cer­tain she will be­come a vet­eri­nary sur­geon, the ex­pe­ri­ence would play an im­por­tant role in her fi­nal de­ci­sion.

Other stu­dents, such as Mathew Glad­man, have al­ready de­cided where they would like to work.

Mathew said he wanted to be­come an elec­tri­cian and do­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence at Blain’s Auto Elec­tri­cal has con­firmed this feel­ing.

“It has helped do­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause now that my em­ploy­ers know me a bit bet­ter and I know my way around the work­shop it’s more likely they will em­ploy me when I’m older.”

Edi­tor’s note: The writer of this story, Luke Stringer, is do­ing his work place­ment at the Gazette.

Trainee snake han­dler:

Casey Toft with Snake at Habi­tat

Snake charmer: Henry Lo with Snake at Habi­tat

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