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Bridie Black did her year 10 work experience at Spell & The Gypsy Collective in Byron Bay. Photo – selfie.

Nakeita Bradbury

This week, 191 year 10 students at Trinity Catholic College Lismore have been doing work experience all over Lismore and the Byron Shire areas and some have even travelled as far as Sydney, Melbourne and Dubbo.

From mechanics, zoo keeping and journalism, to theatre companies, law and accountancy firms, primary schools, and hospitals, students have had the opportunity to experience work in a wide variety of fields.

A local work experience opportunity was given to Trinity student Bridie Black who went to Spell & The Gypsy Collective fashion business this week.

Bridie was shown behind the scenes of how the company runs including marketing and advertising meetings, graphic designing for their website, and getting to try on their designs that have not yet been released to the public.

Bridie got the chance to try on some Spell fashions during her week in Byron Bay. Photo supplied.

Assisting students to make decisions

Bridie says that she is really happy she chose this work experience opportunity. ‘It has given me a great insight into the world of fashion and what the processes of designing products involve. I will take this experience into consideration for future careers’.

Head of Learning and Alternative Pathways Program at Trinity, Pauline Leeson says work experience provides opportunities to explore possible career paths and areas of interest or passion. ‘It can also lead to ongoing, part time or casual employment opportunities for some students,’ she said. ‘It can assist students to make decisions about subject selection for the senior years and further study options.’

Nakeita Bradbury. Photo ‘Work is like School’ Dawson.

Nakeita Bradbury is a year 10 student doing work experience at Echo Publications.

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  1. What a great initiative by Trinity college to allow Year 10 students to work in areas of interest they might like to pursue when finished high school. It makes practical sense because it allows students while they are still setting their eyes on whether they want to be a fashion designer, a car mechanic, a vet, a lawyer or a check out ‘chick’, the chance to actually experience what it is like. Discovering at age 15-16 in today’s highly competitive world this is what you do or do NOT want to do for a job, a career is invaluable I think.
    Well done Trinity yet again in leading the way. I hope other high schools can institute such a good initiative for their students to help them decide on careers earlier too. (I’m a little biased mind you. It was my daughter Nakeita who wrote the story. Thanks the Echo for giving her a great opportunity to see what it meant to be a journalist and a newspaper photographer.


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