Bremer State High School
When it comes to choosing your senior subjects, Ipswich student Joshua Curson recommends keeping your options open.
By combining Authority subjects with vocational qualifications, Josh says he was ‘spoilt for choice’ about what to do when he finished school.
In particular it was Josh’s decision in Year 12 to start a traineeship leading to a Certificate III in Financial Services which opened doors to the world of work and learning.
‘The value of vocational courses is that they help you develop employability skills and explore potential careers,’ he says.
The traineeship required Josh to work in a branch of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd one day each week while completing Authority subjects at Bremer State High School.
The branch manager was so impressed with Josh’s initiative, problem-solving skills and punctuality, that he encouraged him to nominate for a Queensland Training Award. Those qualities were also recognised by the judges who named Josh metropolitan region trainee of the year.
Now studying a Psychology/Business (Accountancy) dual degree at QUT, Josh balances his university contact hours with two days at the bank.
‘When I finish university, I will have had five years practical experience in the banking industry and hope to win a place on Bendigo’s graduate student program.’
Current senior students still wondering what to do after Year 12 may be surprised to learn that Josh was once in the same position. His solution to the dilemma is simple.
‘Trust in yourself, keep your options open and everything should work out.’
Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics B, Modern History, Physics, Certificate III in Financial Services, Certificate II in Workplace Practices, Certificate I in Information, Digital Media & Technology
Career goal: To climb the corporate ladder in banking
Last updated: 09-Feb-2016