Lavinia

Patrol
Automotive

What are some of the coolest things you like about working in your industry?

Seeing in action how things work and working out the cause of the symptom.

What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

Being hands on and getting my hands dirty.

What did you want to be or do when you left school. How does this compare with where you are now?

Towards the end of year 12 I had no idea what I wanted to do. I had worked in a butcher shop and currently had a job in retail. The school was pressuring us to go to university as that is the preferred pathway in today’s world. I knew I didn’t want to attend school for a minute longer than required so I gave up thinking about a career and stayed working retail to get me by. It took 2 years after high school to finally start my apprenticeship. I had tried multiple jobs and 3 months in a traineeship in finance to realise I needed a hands-on career.

What successful strategies have you used that have helped you transition to working in a non-traditional industry?

Seek support, find someone in the minority to help when things get tough. Be confident in what you got taught, don’t let doubt cloud your head if you know something is right. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, it’s not weak to learn more.

How did you get started in your career pathway and what helped you along your career journey?

I googled how to become a mechanic and the first training centre that popped up was the one I applied for. I was lucky to have great teachers who saw the potential in me before I did. Everything flowed perfectly for my career as it was meant for me. I had an opportunity in a dealership and ran with it.

What or who has influenced your career pathway?

At the start I was just curious about the career and decided to go for it, after I worked out that being in an office and retail was not for me. I didn’t have anyone in my family interested in my career.

In school what subjects did you enjoy most or were good at?

I loved Physical Education, Woodwork, Home Economics (food) and Agriculture.

 

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