Navigator College students get a taste of the workplace

Work Experience: Navigator College student Eden Smith with Cooper Brown and Cooper Miller reading a book in the Port Lincoln Primary School Literacy Centre.
Work Experience: Navigator College student Eden Smith with Cooper Brown and Cooper Miller reading a book in the Port Lincoln Primary School Literacy Centre.

Eden Smith was among a number of year 10 Navigator College students undertaking work experience last week to give them a taste of working life.

Eden decided to go to the Port Lincoln Primary School while other students chose to go to Lincoln Rural Supplies, Toy Box Child Care, the dentist and Lincoln Medical Centre among others.

Eden said she chose the Port Lincoln Primary School because she wanted to become a teacher and she felt it would give her a good example of how schools worked and the tasks involved in being a teacher.

Some of the things she did were taught a maths class, marked students’ work and helped the children. 

One thing she learnt from her supervisor, Adrian Campbell, was that you can’t let students get away with any bad behavior.

She said she felt teaching would be a great job for her in the future because she really enjoyed, “being around kids, helping them and knowing you have done something useful”. 

Eden said it was fun and she could take her time with the tasks she was given.

Eden said work experience was a great way for students to decide if they wanted to go down a specific career path.

She said if people did not like their work experience and they were thinking of studying that in the future, then they would not have to waste their time at university doing something they would not end up enjoying.

Mr Campbell said work experience was valuable for young students to expose them to different careers and to get a feel for day to day work.