Name: Kelly Shotton
Job: Electrical apprentice at Foodmach
VET: Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Go and give it a try. If it’s not what you want to do, it’s not the end of the world
What do you do?
I build and install high tech machines from conveyor belts to robotic arms that automate factory production lines for products across Australia and around the world.
What was your VET journey?
I tried quite a few different options while I was at school and after school.
I completed a business traineeship at the local hospital, but an office job didn’t suit me. I worked in hospitality and in sales for a couple of years and then I went travelling for three months.
At that point I started working at Foodmach, I did 2 weeks work experience, then was kept on as a trades assistant before they put me on as the first female apprentice on the floor and I love it!
What advice would you give to students who are considering a vocational pathway?
Work experience is so important. If you are thinking about doing something go and spend a week with the local hairdresser or with a friend’s dad who is a landscaper.
That’s a great advantage of VET, you can find out if you like things. Go and give it a try and if it’s not what you want to do it’s not the end of the world.
What challenges did you face along the way?
It was really hard to figure out what I wanted to do and it was really stressful. There was so much pressure in high school about timelines and how soon you had to know what you wanted to do.
Now I look back and realise that lots of my friends who went straight to university are still at university or realised it wasn’t what they wanted to do after all. I hate those timelines, there is no rush.
We start early at 7am and finish early.
Inside or outside?
Inside and outside with lots of travel as well.
Solo or teamwork?
Mix of both.
There are so many opportunities within the company. You don’t need a business degree to enter management, everyone works their way up.
People don't know?
You always need to keep growing, never get comfortable.
$2,000 per week for an experienced electrician
Reviewed 20 July 2021