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Katelyn O'Donoghue

Cairns School of Distance Education

Katelyn O'Donoghue

Like many people, Katelyn O’Donoghue dreamed of having her own business. To Katelyn’s surprise her dream came true sooner than she ever expected.

‘I’d been working full-time as a senior apprentice at the local florist shop in Charters Towers for about five months after Year 12 when the owner asked if I’d like to buy the business!’

Katelyn’s path to business ownership started in Year 10 when she completed work placement at the shop. ‘It was such a great experience. I thought I would be handed a broom but I got the chance to create arrangements and work with flowers.’

Katelyn went on to complete a school-based apprenticeship in floristry as part of her QCE.

She says: ‘A lot of people told me I was too young to own a business, but my family and friends were really supportive.’

‘My mum helps with book work, serving customers and deliveries. She is also in charge of ordering flowers and she’s definitely “Chief of Cleaning”! My brother and sister help in the shop after school and dad comes in on his days off. My grandma has just moved to town so she’s now helping too.’

‘You could say my whole family is with me every step of the way!’

Subjects: English, Maths A, Certificate III in Business, Certificate III in Floristry
Career goal: To expand the business and open shops across Queensland

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017