King's Old Scholars discuss their experiences in the world of work since leaving school.  Discover what they wanted to be when they were in Year 10, the type of work they do now, obstacles they have faced along the way and important lessons they have learned about the world of work.  Reflecting on their experiences, they provide some timely advice to current students.

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Karlea Kremer (nee Mattiske)
Scientist
Class of 2001

"Keep an open mind, but if you know what you want to do- even if you don't think you will get the grades to get into it, there are ways to get into different courses and career paths- work hard and you will get there! "

Danielle Esber
Child and Youth Co-ordinator
Class of 2001

"ALWAYS LISTEN TO THE BOSS!  Dress appropriate for the job.  Use the correct language."


Cheyne Sullivan (nee Ferraro)
Pharmacist
Class of 1999

"You need to enjoy what you are doing to be able to get up and come to work everyday! "



Elise Moyle (nee Klassen)
Home Ec and SOSE Teacher
Class of 2007

"Do something you enjoy and will be good at."
 
 
 
Teacher
Class of 1998
'Choose a career you will enjoy and that suits your personality.'
 
 
Mechanical Engineer
Class of 2002

"Keep your options open for as long as you can with subject selection. Develop good study habits early also and put in the effort early to give yourself the best chance possible. Also keep it in balance and in perspective. Study and work are not everything that matters in life so be sure to make time for other things too like family, friends, sport and most of all for yourself!"

 

Stephen Pontin

Firefighter

Class of 2005

"Do the best you can at school because you never know when you will fall back on your education. Don't do nothing, go to Uni, TAFE or do a trade which will set you up best for the future."

 

Ross Darcy

Youth Pastor/Teacher

Class of 2002

'Being unsure what to do...I always made sure I did something! Whether it was full time work or study, it helped me find what I suited and didn't suit. It is possible to change as you go, but it can be hard starting something for some people. Make a decision and do it!'

 

Kirsten March (nee Leach)

Teacher

Class of 2005

'Keep your options open and complete some form of study, whether it be a trade, Uni or TAFE. Always have a back-up plan.'

 





Brad Leach
Mechanical Engineer
Class of 2002

"
Time management is extremely important in all areas, including university and work. Being able to adapt to change is also important."


Acacia Tredrea
Student (Interior Architecture)
Class of 2007

"Sometimes it pays to listen to your parents or ask them for advice, they know you pretty well."



Angela Lippitt (nee Goode)
Graphic Designer
Class of 1995

"I was unemployed for about 6 months after I finished studying. I overcame this obstacle by doing volunteer work and being persistent in applying for work in my field."


Paul Briske
Artist and author
Class of 2005

"Don't listen to anyone who says you can't be an artist. The only limit is yourself. It it easy? No of course not but it is rewarding."
 
Political Advisor
Class of 2003

"Career progression is all about hard-work and relationships. Establish yourself with the key people in your profession as someone who can be relied upon, use initiative and think independently and you will have a world of opportunities available to you."


Sara Le 
Doctor
Class of 2003
"I think it's hard to expect a 15 year old to know exactly what they want to do with their life. I'm now 26 and I've changed so much in the last ten years. That said, if you at all can, finish year 12! Even just having that piece of paper stands for a lot if you want to study later on."
 
Occupational Therapist
Class of 2007

'Find something you love doing, it will make you happier than money ever will!'

 

Lawrence Tredrea

Nurtritionist/Dietician/Student

Class of 2007

'Being young includes being social and sometimes it’s hard to remain focussed on study. Included in this picture is working and family. Trying to receive high marks consistently was hard due to all aspects of life taking their toll. Making sure you have allocated times for homework/uni, work and social life is very important if you wish to get high marks. If I could go back I would make sure I did this more efficiently.'

 

Elize Beytell

Student

Class of 2011

'My main career motivations include helping people in areas of struggle, giving back to the community, having a reliable and stable job, having an income and providing for a family.'

 

 

 

 

Brady Stanton
Dance Instructor/Small business owner
Class of 2005

"Keep your options open! Seek and seize every opportunity! - Opportunities are not limitless and doors don't stay open for long! "


Alyssa Leach (nee Mattiske)
Maths/Science Teacher
Class of 2004

"You have to work hard to get what you want."



Lauren Bailey (nee McKay)
Property Manager and small business owner
Class of 2001

"When I first left school I did not want to jump straight into the commitment of years of further study when I was unsure of exactly what I wanted at the end of it."


David George
Pharmacist
Class of 1995

"If you show responsibility in the little things you are much more likely to be trusted with responsibility in big things."
 
 
Network Engineer
Class of 2004

"Keep persisting with the pursuit of knowledge. What you know is never enough, the world is constantly changing and we don't stop learning, learn not to block it out but to take it in."

 
 
Marketing Officer (Student Liaison)
Class of 2007

"All hard work pays off, no matter how long ago.
Don't be afraid to be individual and do what you want to do.
Sacrificing some things can pay the largest rewards."

Engineer
Class of 2001
'Understand that there might be several ways to get the same outcome. In fact, the outcome you think you want will change, so keep your options open and be flexible. In all things, don't compromise your integrity – it’s the one thing no one can take from you.'
 
Customer Service Officer
Class of 2000

'If the track you're on doesn't feel right early, making a change whilst you're young doesn't have too many ramifications in terms of supporting a home and a family... so don't be afraid to try something else.'