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Nikita Punch

Mackay State High School

Nikita Punch

The decision to undertake a traineeship at high school has paid off for Nikita Punch.

Despite a demanding schedule of sporting, cultural and community activities, Nikita combined her senior studies with working one day per week as a bank teller.

She is now reaping the rewards, working full-time in the banking industry while on a gap year.

‘Experiencing the world of work helped me decide what I really want to do in the future,’ she said.

‘I’ve always wanted to go to university, but have taken a break this year to focus on work and travel.

‘I love every part of my work and am learning new things every day.

‘Next year I hope to study International Business or a Bachelor of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management.’

Nikita says the customer contact throughout her traineeship increased her confidence and had a positive impact on her studies.

‘I’d been playing and coaching netball, but working gave me the extra confidence to be a mentor and role model for indigenous students.’

As well as being nominated as a prefect and school vice-captain, at the end of her traineeship Nikita was named the 2015 Central Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year.

Nikita’s advice to school leavers: Take every challenge and experience that comes your way. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

Subjects: Accounting, Biology, English, Maths A, Physical Education, Certificate I in Business, Certificate II in Workplace Practices
Career goal: To work in a business role involving travel or sport.

Last updated: 06-Jun-2017