Trainees look to buck trend

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FIND­ING your first real job out of school is not get any eas­ier, es­pe­cially if you live in a re­gional area, and these two young women know how tough it can be.

Tayla Den­nis

Tayla Den­nis turned to a trainee­ship af­ter months on the job hunt. “I’m a tourism trainee with the Mara­noa Re­gional Coun­cil and I worked at the lo­cal IGA pre­vi­ously,” Ms Den­nis said. “Be­fore (work­ing at IGA) I was ap­ply­ing for jobs for quite a while, cold call­ing up to 20 busi­nesses a month. “I couldn’t get any­thing, and I felt anx­ious, be­cause I knew most of the jobs I was ap­ply­ing to they wanted a cer­tain skills set I didn’t have. “At that point I de­cided to go back to study, to bet­ter my skills, and started a Cert I busi­ness trainee­ship with Golden West. “I know of a few who have had is­sues get­ting work, it all de­pends on what you want to do. “For some of my friends look­ing for more mean­ing­ful jobs, rather than part time po­si­tions, it’s more dif­fi­cult.”

Rhylee Wied­man

School leaver Rhylee Wied­man shared a sim­i­lar tale, speak­ing on her de­ci­sion to join a trainee­ship pro­gram. “I grad­u­ated last year, and be­cause I hadn’t had a job be­fore I thought it was a good idea to go for a ad­min­is­tra­tion trainee­ship, which would help to give me op­tions,” she said. “A heap of my friends have left town, there’s only a cou­ple still here and quite a few are still look­ing for jobs. Most of them left to go to uni or the main cities.”

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