I work for a commercial Radio Station on the Gold Coast and quite often we get requests to host students for work experience.
This week we hosted a local girl who is currently in year 10. Radio stations can be a little out there so the first benefit we got actually happened before she arrived when I had to tell the staff to tone down their language.
A swear box was promptly installed.
Jordyn arrived on Monday, keen and ready to learn. I think work experience is a great way for young people to get a taste of life in the workforce, the good, the bad and the ugly. It was a great week for Jordyn to be here, as we had a sales conference and a staff bonding day that included our version of "The Amazing Race" with various team building activities.
Another highlight of our week was an address by Andy Csabi the author of Bom Bali talking about his experience as a survivor of the Bali Bombing. We were all enthralled and motivated by his will to survive and move forward.
I think it was great to expose a young person to these stories of guts and determination.
I think the main thing that came from this week is how quickly young people can grow by being exposed to different environments. If you own a business get involved in the "work experience" program, it will be good for your staff as well as giving a young person a chance to grow.