A week of work for year 10

Year 10 experienced work life outside of the College last week with each student undertaking work experience in a field of their choosing.

A week of work for year 10

Tuesday 25 May 2021 Year 10 experienced work life outside of the College last week with each student undertaking work experience in a field of their choosing. What a variety of interests our students have! From veterinary work to radiography; from ministry work in a church to primary school teaching; from motor sports to hospitality, College students travelled far and wide to gain a glimpse of different professions, gain hands on experience and help them in decisions surrounding post school study and work options. Come with us as we visit of few of our students on work experience: Olivia Tidd in the Science laboratories at Charles Sturt University I spent my week of work experience in different laboratories at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Campus. Some labs were focused on teaching and I assisted in the set up of student practicals for subjects such as Biology and Veterinary Science. A few labs had some pretty interesting things like bugs in jars, skeletons, different fungi and preserved animals. I mostly enjoyed being in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where I learnt to make, stain and examine different blood films of animals such as dogs, cats, chooks and horses. I sliced up very thin pieces of animal tissue so that they could be looked at under a microscope. I also grew some bacteria from different places in the lab such as door handles. In addition I helped to clean, unpack and box up different packages to be sent to people. I enjoyed my week of work very much and look forward to further opportunities to do more work experience in a similar environment. I feel that the week has given me some clear direction for my future studies. Caleb Hefren working with the Supercar team, Brad Jones Racing Last week I travelled to Albury to work at Brad Jones Racing (BJR)with Tony Woodward, Head Race Engineer for Todd Hazelwood (No.14) V8 Supercars. During the week I learnt lots about the engineering of a V8 Supercar – what the different components do, how data is tracked and interpreted and how a team operates. I worked with the 3D printing software to create a button to go on the steering wheel of Todd Hazelwood’s supercar. Part way through the week I was fortunate enough to experience a track day where teams were testing vehicle set up for the next round at Winton Raceway. It is amazing how busy a day at the track can be. My job was to time the laps of the other teams. One of the highlights of the week was meeting people who are passionate about racing and I enjoyed chatting to Todd Hazelwood about how he got to be a Supercar driver. It was cool to work with Tony Woodward, Todd’s engineer (Tony did his schooling at Wagga Christian College). He taught me heaps about data and all things motor racing. After my week at BJR, I am even more keen to keep up go-kart racing (what I love to do out of school) and develop my skills as a driver. It made realise the importance of challenging myself as there is always room to improve. I have come away from the week inspired to push myself harder and keep pursuing my racing career. Noah Schmidtke, Journalist at ABC Riverina Radio During work experience, I was working for ABC Riverina Radio. While I was there, I learnt a lot of new skills, including writing a story for the morning radio, as well as editing multi-track and single-track audio, writing and conducting an interview, reading morning news headlines and managing time well. I often found that I ended up asking for extra work to do, as I got what I needed to do finished very quickly and efficiently. The people I worked with were all very enthusiastic and all very obviously enjoyed what they were doing, which meant that I enjoyed being in the same space as them, and I think this contributed to the positive experience. Through the week, I have discovered that I am well-suited to the various aspects of radio work, and may well look for a job with the ABC at some point later in life. Christian Usares, Austobarn Workshop I worked at the Autobarn workshop for a week and I was involved in a variety of hands on jobs including fitting products onto cars such as dashcams, rear view cameras and torno covers. A lot of the elements we installed required significant amounts of wiring. I learnt a lot of things including how cars work and about the electrical elements used in cars. I also learnt more techniques on how to use tools but the main thing I learnt was that working in a workshop such this requires teamwork and trust amongst coworkers. These qualities are essential to a successful working environment. I was really appreciative of the time and guidance shown me by Mr Terry Pearce, who worked beside me all week. The whole experience helped me to narrow down the choices for my future.