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You may have seen a few fresh faces pop up throughout local workplaces this week. 

For the first time since 2019, as a result of COVID, Year 10 students from Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College have stepped outside of their comfort zone by escaping their usual school day to experience a new environment.

Each pupil was given the task to research and find a vocation that would suit them, and their interests, to get a feel for the industry within their desired future career.

Janette Kim, 15, opted to try her hand as an instructor at Edgeworth’s Lifestyle Performance.

“I chose this area for work experience because I knew I had a passion with lifestyle, fitness and expressing the way our bodies work and maintain,” she said.

“It got me interested as I like sports and really love the science behind it.”

Janette also praised the concept of the work experience program.

“I think it’s an amazing opportunity because you get to learn new skills… this just shows that when stepping into the real world, you need to step out of your comfort zone and talk to new faces you haven’t seen before to get into an industry or job that you’re passionate for,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.

Her comments align with that of Bishop Tyrrell’s work experience organiser Adrianna Demmocks.

“It’s a great chance for all students to obtain some real-life know-how, whether they know what they want to do for a career or not,” she said.

Work experience provides pupils with many new skills, a different work scene they want to explore, and a chance to meet people within that certain industry along the way.

“Sometimes our preconceived ideas about a career don’t match the reality,” Ms Demmocks said.

“It takes an opportunity like work experience for students to be able to recognise this and adjust their expectations.”

Janette explained everything she was tasked with at Lifestyle Performance expanded her understanding and interest in that industry.

“I completed tasks such as observing the classes, saying hi and talking to new faces, cleaning equipment, vacuuming, doing admin work (computer stuff), team meetings and doing demonstrations in class,” she said.

“I got more confident over the week and greeted more people.”

While approaching the HSC years, your future career is most definitely on your mind and planning to get there can be tricky.

Therefore, Janette said, the experience had made it easier to think about what she wanted to do and how she would arrive at the destination.

“Yes, this has definitely helped with what I am looking to be in [career] moving forward as I would like to become a physiotherapist, nutritionist, personal trainer or anything sports-related and dealing with the human body,” she added.

Ms Demmocks hoped the youngsters had a bit more clarity to follow their professional dreams.

“Sometimes, work experience in an area of interest confirms for the student that this is definitely the industry that they want to pursue,” she said.

“It can help them learn skills and make network connections to help them on their career-planning journey.

“We are so grateful to all the employers who are willing to give our pupils this chance.

“It takes extra planning and time for them to create meaningful opportunities… but it really does benefit them in the long run.”

  • Elise Collins (Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College Year 10 student)

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