Career start before uni

Career start before uni

  • Published on Thursday 20 February, 2014
  • 2 min. to read


Paul Carney, the local MEGT Consultant in Tully reports that local Indigenous Tully girl Palissa Ketchell has no doubt job seekers have an advantage if they can demonstrate they have an aptitude for a job as well as a real commitment to the type of work they are applying for. And Ms Ketchell is determined she will have her career well and truly on track before she looks at university, even though she has completed Year 12 at Tully High School with an OP score.

Born on the Tablelands, Ms Ketchell and her family moved to Tully 8 years ago. Her plan is to start building her resume with the combination a Business Administration qualification and the work history a traineeship provides.

Paul Carney

The traineeship program is being provided by MEGT’s Indigenous Apprenticeship and Traineeship Network through the Department of Premier and Cabinet, providing training through MEGT Institute and placing her with St Clare’s Parish School for the hands-on work component.

According to Paul Carney from MEGT, Ms Ketchell has a flair for administration and computers. ‘The maturity and forward thinking Palissa shows in setting her career goals and working on her plan to achieve them shows just how much potential she has to do well. The commencement of a career with a traineeship means she will have a head start in a job and will be earning an income at the same time she is training for her qualification.’