Sage advice for prospective Employees

A visit to the local cafe Mock Orange and Wagga Motors kicked off Year 11 Work Studies investigations into a variety of industries.

Sage advice for prospective Employees

Wednesday 16 February 2022 As part of student learning in Year 11 Work Studies this year, teachers are looking to engage students in practical, hands-on experiences in a variety of industries. The class plan to visit several workplaces, community organisations and further education facilities to expand their understanding and identify different potential career pathways. "I look forward to seeing our students grow and expand their horizons as we engage in our community, and I am so thankful that there are many workplaces and organisations in our community that are supporting this initiative." said Mr Steve Forbes-Taber, Senior Teacher. Mock Orange Visit Year 11 Work Studies started today by going to Mock Orange to speak with staff who are working in the hospitality industry, and have a coffee/hot chocolate to discuss our questioning and observation techniques for our next stop – Wagga Motors. Wagga Motors Visit At Wagga Motors, students were greeted with warm hospitality by a range of staff who shared their experiences and insights of working in the automotive industry with us openly and honestly. Students engaged in a quickfire questions session in the boardroom, to identify the characteristics of behaviours of successful employees and employers. Owner Scott Braid, Financial Controller Ben Ryan, and HR/WHS Manager Andrea Sewell shared their own unique and amazing career pathways and gave sage advice to students that was met with enthusiasm and gratitude. Some insights that struck a chord with the students (and Mr Forbes-Taber) include: “Money is a short-term motivator – it is training and development, and a sense of value and purpose in one’s work that truly drive career success” “Employ for character, train for skill” “What I look for in an employee is character – the attitude you bring to the organisation is so much more important than skills and experience – I can teach you those things, but character and a positive attitude is up to you” “We are all in the business of sales – we wake up, have a shower, do our hair, dress for success, behave in a certain way – this is presenting or selling who we are – so be presentable and professional” “Mistakes are okay, just own them, learn from them and move on – don’t point blame, put your hand up and own it so we can move forward” “Balance is key - a job that allows you to be who you are, enjoy your life with your family etc. while also earning a living and contributing positively to the business is essential” “You most likely won’t stay at one place forever, so ensure you leave well – do not burn bridges!” Students engaged positively in all discussions and were treated to a brief tour of the Wagga Motors premises, including a car sales experience with an up-close inspection of the new Chevy Corvette - unfortunately there was not enough time for a test-drive 😊 Mr Forbes-Taber and Year 11 Work Studies want to thank the team at Wagga Motors for their gracious time and valuable perspectives on work, and we look forward to further positive learning experiences as we visit other workplaces throughout the coming terms.