Holland Park State High School, Brisbane
Being one of only a handful of female electrotechnology students at TAFE Queensland SkillsTech is no big deal for electrical apprentice Maddy Davitt.
‘I come from a family of electricians on my mother’s side. But it was my grandfather, a carpenter, who influenced me to take on a trade.’
Maddy says she considered many occupations before settling on becoming a sparky.
‘I knew becoming an electrician was the right career path for me when I did work experience in Year 11 as part of my Certificate II in Electrotechnology.’
Three months after finishing school, Maddy began her full-time apprenticeship and couldn’t be happier.
‘What I love most about doing a trade is that you have to work hard in order to move your way to the top. Reward or recognition doesn’t come easy unless you put in the effort and think outside of the box.’
Having been awarded an Australian Vocational Student Prize in Year 12 after topping her class at TAFE, Maddy knows what she’s talking about.
Her advice to this year’s school leavers: ‘When hunting for jobs — show professionalism, charisma, determination and gain qualifications in skills-shortage areas or growing areas. Also, make the most of your free time after graduation!’
Subjects: English Communication, Hospitality, Industrial Technology Studies, Prevocational
Maths, Social & Community Studies
Career goal: Undertake advanced studies in instrumentation, business and management, and secure a business executive leadership position
Last updated: 09-Feb-2016