The St Thomas More College, Sunnybank (STMC) Becoming MORE career mentor program saw 13 Year-11 students work with industry mentors.
The mentor program enriches the senior secondary education experience of university-bound students, giving them the opportunity to work with a mentor in a profession of their choice.
Program leader and STMC teacher, Chloe Curtis, talked about the support the mentors give.
“Some of our mentors have supported the college for a number of years now, and we are appreciative of their ongoing support of our students,” Chloe Curtis said.
Year 11 student and program participant, Danniella Spitaleri, talked about her recent experience at a newspaper.
“I chose journalism as a career to ‘try out’ because I wanted to be given a taste test of how a journalist conducts their day; to dive right into a journalist’s everyday life at work,” Danniella explained.
“This unique opportunity helped me gain further knowledge on writing techniques and experience article writing for an audience.
“I also enjoyed visiting the newspaper, which proved extremely valuable and I gained insight into the place of work.
“Overall this program is very valuable for senior students who are wishing to know, or gain more knowledge about a profession they are either interested in or wanting to pursue after high school,” Danniella concluded.
While participating in the program, Danniella wrote a number of articles for the local newspaper.
In one of her published stories she interviewed two Year 12 students who spoke about how their journey at STMC has prepared them for life beyond school – read the article: St Thomas More College students talk about finishing Year 12.
Upon graduation, Danniella intends to study a double degree in psychology and journalism.