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Workplace Learning: A Student’s Perspective

Workplace Learning: A Student’s Perspective

Workplace Learning is a challenging but beneficial experience for Year 11 and 12 girls taking part in the ACCESS pathway. Each student selects a profession that they are interested in exploring for the future and works for 10 days whilst the ATAR girls sit their exams.

Why we do it:

Workplace Learning is an important experience as:

  • It gives students the experience of being part of the workforce
  • It helps students understand professional standards
  • It teaches students new and essential skills
  • It is a good way for students to see what areas they enjoy working in for the future
Ruby Minervini at Regents Gardens
Phoebe Driessen in the Santa Maria Community Relations Department

My Experience:

I did my Workplace Learning in the Community Relations Department at Santa Maria College. I would highly recommend this placement to other students. I was placed in this department as I told the Head of the Careers Department that I was interested in photography and would like to go into a more creative area.

Before I started this workplace, I had no idea what the Community Relations Department was and never even knew that it existed. After my workplace, I now know what a vital role this department plays.

Throughout my Workplace Learning experience, I was given a wide range of different tasks to complete which I appreciated as I got a feel of many different types of jobs all in one.

Some of the jobs I was given whilst working in the Community Relations Department included: Shadowing the talented photographer, Megan, and helping out with photographing girls, designing invitations for parentsu2019 nights and learning how to create and edit the Weekly Wrap Up videos. I also learnt how to upload photos or articles to the schoolu2019s website, Facebook and Instagram pages.

I felt really nervous walking in on my first day as I had no idea of the type of duties I would have to carry out, I had also never been in such a professional environment and was unsure of what to expect. I soon found my bearings and become more comfortable and confident, not only in myself but in the tasks I was completing.

The wonderful group of staff I had around me helped immensely as they made me feel comfortable and included. I never felt shy to ask a question and they were always happy to help. After completing this Workplace Learning experience, I am excited and more prepared for the future.

Phoebe Driessen, Year 11

Eloise Davis at Telethon Speech & Hearing
Lily Halter at Mercy Aged Care, Rockingham
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