Mackay State High School
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