Students gain insight into the working world

A GROUP of students from Montrose Bay High School were given an insight into what the working world looks like following a visit to Aurora Energy and MyState Limited.

Fourteen year 10 students spent two days with the companies, broadening their perspectives and developing aspirations for life after school through The Smith Family’s ‘Work Inspiration’ program.

Student Zoe Menzies said she felt she got something special out of the program.

“It benefitted us because we got a good understanding of how and what it looks like in the big wide world of work,” she said.

“We now understand the great connections work can bring, as well as the team work, skills to succeed and the leadership you will need.”

The Smith Family’s Tasmanian general manager Lesley Mackay said supporting young people to make informed decisions about their future pathways needed to happen well before they tried to enter the workforce.

“Our Work Inspiration program is all about giving students the opportunity to explore the world of work long before they finish school so they can start making plans for their futures,” she said.

Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos said being able to showcase the business and engage with the future workforce was a “fantastic opportunity.”

“To chat with the students about their future goals and ambitions, as well as provide advice on how they may accomplish them was a really rewarding experience,” she said.

“We also know that supporting children’s education and learning is one of the most effective means of breaking the cycle of disadvantage.”

Work Inspiration provides young people with opportunities to experience different types of work firsthand in a meaningful and inspiring way.

The program connects students with employers in their local community who can start engaging conversations and get students excited about a variety of different career opportunities – some of which they may not have been exposed to before.

Caption: Montrose Bay High School students Xiongy and Jorja talk with Aurora Energy chief executive officer Rebecca Kardos during their Work Inspiration visit.