Bree Rowland moved to Melbourne, straight out of high school, on her own, away from her family, friends and her hometown of Numurkah in country Victoria (some 230km or 2.5 hours away). She did all this to start a business traineeship at the Department of Human Services through YETI, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.
Bree had finished high school, but she just wasn’t too sure what it was that she wanted to do.
While she was still at high school, Bree had applied for, and was accepted into, a Bachelor of Teaching. But, by the time she finished school, she wasn’t entirely sure that she wanted to go to university, “I wasn’t 100% sure that university was for me. I’d heard so many stories of people finishing their degrees, and then being unable to secure full-time employment. I didn’t want to get to the end of a four year university degree, and find that I couldn’t land a job, and I had a huge HECs debt. It just didn’t seem worth it. I wasn’t even sure what course I wanted to study,” said Bree.
Instead, Bree decided to that practical, on-the-job experience was her best bet. She applied for a whole range of jobs, and had no luck. No one was willing to give an 18 year old, fresh out of high school a chance. So, she ended up working two jobs, at the local pub and at the local chemist.
It was then that Bree applied for a business traineeship with YETI. She caught the train from Shepparton to Melbourne, all on her own for the interview and, on her way home, got a call to let her know she’d been successful. She had two weeks to move to Melbourne, where she rented a one-bedroom apartment.
Over the past two years, Bree has completed a Certificate III and IV in Business, as well as a business traineeship through the Department of Human Services in the finance department. Bree also undertook several secondments within the Workforce Services (Human Resources) department and as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Corporate Services. Through these secondments, Bree was able to develop her skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas.
As a result of this traineeship and the opportunities it provided, Bree is now employed full-time by the Victorian Government, and is a huge advocate for business traineeships.
“I have learnt a significant amount from this opportunity. I was unsure of what I wanted to do when I left high school and this gave me some further insight into a career I’d never considered as well as some experience within a professional role, which is difficult to obtain as an 18 year old fresh out of high school. Not only has this traineeship shaped me as a person, but it has also gained me full time employment within the Public Service. I would definitely encourage other young people to complete a traineeship through YETI and the Victorian Government. It has been a truly wonderful experience for me.” said Bree.
“If you’re unsure about your next step after high school, then I’d definitely recommend a traineeship. They offer career options that you’ve probably never even considered. I have no regrets whatsoever. What’s the point in going to uni, and accumulating a HECs debt, if you’re unemployed at the end of it all? A traineeship is affordable. In fact, you earn an income while obtaining your qualification,” said Bree.