St Ursula’s College, Yeppoon
Former St Ursula’s College student Mikayla Findlay didn’t hesitate in saying yes when approached for an interview for Student Connect magazine. She was keen to let students know that there are lots of pathways to university.
Mikayla completed Year 12 last year. At school she combined senior subjects with vocational qualifications in hospitality, tourism and community pharmacy.
She now works full-time as a pharmacy assistant in Yeppoon.
‘As soon as I started working at the pharmacy in Year 10, I knew it was something that I wanted to do and I approached the manager about starting a school-based traineeship.’
‘I didn’t hate school but I didn’t love it. So having one day a week where I got to do something I was passionate about made Year 12 so much more enjoyable.’
Mikayla says her school-based traineeship helped her secure her position at the pharmacy and opened up a ‘world of possibilities’.
After working closely with customers at the pharmacy, Mikayla is now looking into studying nutrition at university.
‘I want to show people that there are other ways you can achieve a healthy lifestyle without having to rely on medical assistance, such as surgery or medication.’
Subjects: English, Home Economics, Legal Studies, Maths A, Certificate I in Hospitality, Certificate II in Tourism, Certificate II in Community Pharmacy, Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
Career goal: To become a nutritionist
Last updated: 06-May-2016