Work exp at habitat
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