Woman in trades profession

SkillingIndia on October 1, 2012 Comments

Jessica, a 4th year apprentice civil engineer working at Wagga Wagga City Council, Australia narrates her success story.

“While I was doing my HSC I was working casually at a drafting office and that made me think about the industry. I wanted to get into the architecture industry and when the apprenticeship came up in the paper I applied for it and just went ahead with it. Initially, I didn’t really know what to expect with the study, but after my first year I knew that I could really accomplish something by going on this path.

My group training organization is always supportive. My field officer Mel, she is like my greatest advocate. She always calls me to see how I am doing or if I need anything.

I want to move to the big city and work with the local government or in a private industry there. I want to get as much experience as I can to broaden my horizons and I want to get more into town planning.

If I had my time over I had probably say to myself: concentrate harder on the subject/s you choose in 11th and 12th because that is beneficial. Also, avoid taking advice from teachers. Focus on what you want and HSC is not the end of the world. The trade has been the best thing that happened for my career path. I think if I went straight to the university and didn’t go on with the trade path, then I had be coming out not as experienced as I am now. I think I am at a way better place than those people that would be completing the university at the same time as me, but I will have the experience under my belt.”

Source: Group Training Australia (GTA)

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