Last week students expressed their gratitude to employers who supported them in the school’s work experience program, in which about 150 Belmont Year 10, 11 and 12 students and more than 100 businesses took part this year.
After a 15-week placement at Attadale Private Hospital, Adriana Mangano (17) was offered a part-time position and was nominated for a work-placement award.
‘It was great; they were very welcoming and made me feel like an employee,’ she said.
‘I had no idea what I wanted to do when I first started Year 12. This work placement has really given me confidence and direction.’
Adriana said her placement also allowed her to apply the theory she learned for her business certificate II.
‘Just having the experience in a hospital environment and getting to experience business and finance, it was good for working out what I wanted to do in the future,’ she said.
Career development project officer Jo Gordon said placements were always a positive experience for students because they helped them in deciding which career path to follow even if it was not in the industry they did their placement.
‘The aim is to develop the kids’ confidence’