Making the switch to a dynamic career
Starting a new career path can be daunting, but it can also be exciting. That's been the experience of McKenzie Hoar who's currently studying her Certificate III in Business (BSB30120) via traineeship.
McKenzie first came across the traineeship study option while she was exploring different courses and training providers that would allow her to change her career.
"I was at a point in my life where I wanted to do something different," McKenzie said.
"I wanted a career path change and I was investigating my options out there and seeing that there was a traineeship available whilst completing the certificate in business I thought that was a great opportunity to start a new career path," she said.
While it's still early days for McKenzie on her new career journey, she's already got some great experiences under her belt.
"My biggest highlight is probably the team I'm working with. It's a very dynamic and positive team. I work with a lot of different people so I'm learning and obtaining a lot of new skills," she said.
As a trainee, McKenzie gets the opportunity to complete a range of duties across different areas of the business, which keeps her motivated and engaged. She performs various tasks such as working with finances, managing inboxes, keeping her team on track, and assisting other team members. She also does events, which she finds to be lots of fun.
"My day is not typically always the same, which is what I love about my traineeship. I do a multitude of tasks, so it's different every day, it's lots of fun," she said.
For McKenzie, the traineeship has been a great decision that has already provided her with a wealth of experience and opened up opportunities for future career progression.
"I've been quite amazed with where this has taken me," McKenzie said.
"When I first got into this course I thought it was going to be a course that gave me more of the confidence and the skills I needed to provide business administrative support in a role. But It has shown me a lot more and given me a lot more opportunities and taken me on a bigger career path," she said.
The traineeship portion of the course has given McKenzie the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real business environment. She is applying the skills that she learns from the course in a practical setting, which has helped her to retain and understand the concepts better.
"I think what the best part is about doing this course whilst completing the traineeship is that you can apply the skills you're learning straight away. And I find that I learn better by doing so when I'm actually able to do and apply the skills rather than just learn about them I’m likely to pick them up and maintain them."
With the number of entry-level business roles including general clerks expected to increase to over 311,000 by 2026, there's never been a better time to get started in this growing industry. Plus, with Fee-Free TAFE funding eligible students can study at no cost, making it an attractive career path for both career starters and changers alike.