OPINION: Find a job that makes you happy

I SPENT an enjoyable morning yesterday at Bundamba State High School speaking with their Year 10 students.

I was one of several industry representatives invited along for a speed career's day.

It basically involved a group of 10 students moving from one speaker to the next every five minutes to hear about different industries and the job opportunities they presented.

When I started my chat with the first group I spoke primarily about what jobs there were in the media and how to get them.

As the pupils continued to move around I soon realised that the best piece of advice I could give them was simply to find a job that they loved.

I told them that no one should wake up in the morning and not want to go to work because they hated what they were doing.

At just 15 years of age it was timely to tell them that they had 50 years in the workforce in front of them.

I also explained the credentials they needed to win through in a job interview didn't centre just on classroom marks.

My message was that enthusiasm, work ethic and revealing your passion for the job were the key ingredients in getting the person in front of them to say "you're hired".

I asked most of them what they aspired to become and the majority had plans.

If they come through we will soon have plenty of electricians, carpenters, doctors and even an astronaut in our midst.

I hope all their dreams come true and that most of all they find a position they love.


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