Moranbah State High School
A community mentoring program at high school set Hannah Briggs on a clear path towards her future career.
The former Moranbah State High School student researched prerequisites for event management and found that most roles required a Certificate III in Events or a Bachelor of Business.
‘I approached Minto Business Group and they put me on a school-based traineeship for my Certificate III in Events,’ Hannah said.
‘I worked one day a week across three businesses, organising sales campaigns, events and training.’
Hannah also juggled two part-time jobs alongside her school commitments.
‘I love working and being busy and found I studied more effectively with less free time,’ she said.
‘I was also Student Council President, so I organised school fundraising and events. I enjoyed the social aspect of getting involved and giving back to the community.
‘I also wanted to have the best chance of gaining employment once I moved to university.’
Hannah’s initiative and hard work paid off. In 2015, she was named the School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year for Central Queensland region at the Queensland Training Awards.
Hannah is now studying a Bachelor of Business and works part time for Ede Events in Townsville.
She is also inspiring others as one of Queensland’s Young Tourism Leaders.
‘I’d advise young people to research the industry and get as much experience as possible,’ she said.
‘See what jobs are available, seek a mentor and put your hand up to do volunteer work.’
Subjects: Accounting, Business Communication & Technologies, English, Legal Studies, Maths A, Certificate III in Events
Career goal: Run my own event management company
Last updated: 08-May-2017