Arts trainee would relive her traineeship again and again

Arts trainee would relive her traineeship again and again

Catholic Regional College trainee, Demi Hockaday, believes her ArtsReady traineeship was one of the most worthwhile experiences she has ever had, saying it gave her the opportunity to grow into the person she is today.

‘The traineeship equipped me with a range of life skills, a greater understanding of the education system and helped me to learn about myself as an individual,’ said Demi, 19.

Demi started her traineeship journey in 2017 after finishing high school, being unsure what career path to take she saw it as the perfect way to help her decide.

‘From the first day when I walked in, until the last day of my traineeship, it has been a journey filled with joy.

I was welcomed immediately by the caring staff at Catholic Regional College and developed some amazing friendships that I will treasure forever,’ said Demi.

Her role as trainee sat within the Arts department and when we asked her what the role entailed she replied with, ‘what didn’t my role as Arts Assistant involve!’

‘Over the past year I was given the opportunity to help students, set up classes, go on excursions and camps and even help set and make costumes and props for college productions,’ she said excitingly.

As part of her traineeship, Demi also studied a Certificate III in Business which further helped her to develop a professional mindset.

‘Everyday I learned something new. It was really interesting to see what high school was like from the perspective of the staff rather than the student.

This traineeship has been a truly rewarding experience and if I could, I would relive it over and over again.’

Demi also praised her supervisor Amy Rowley, Drama teacher at Catholic Regional College, for her guidance throughout her employment in return Mrs Rowley was glowing in her endorsement of Demi.

‘Demi has a work ethic beyond her years. Her transition, from student to staff member was seamless. Her commitment to conduct herself professionally was noted in the workplace was noted by all staff,” said Mrs Rowley.

‘In many circumstances, Demi was able to implement her own schedules/programs that were more efficient than current methods. This freed up the staff from mundane tasks and enabled them to work more efficiently in the classroom,’ she added.

Demi’s experience has given her the confidence to take her career to new heights. Although she loved working in the education system she has a passion for helping her community through health and wellbeing and is currently studying Remedial Massage and Naturopathy with hopes to one day open her own centre.

Date: 20th April 2018
Author: Marissa Pagliarello
Image: Demi Hockaday