• Question: how many years have you been working

    Asked by 277tch48 to Andrea, Charlie 🚀, Col Op, Kirsty, Vinita on 14 Jun 2016. This question was also asked by 876tch48, 357tch48.
    • Photo: Andrea Boyd

      Andrea Boyd answered on 14 Jun 2016:

      Since I was 14 years old. In Australia it’s normal culture to start your first job at age 14, or at latest 15 years old working in retail or fast food afterschool and on weekends and school holidays (everyone that works in these places is aged 14-19 except senior managers). I worked since the day I turned 14 at 2-3 jobs during middle school and high school at McDonalds, folding & delivering newspapers, teaching swimming, as a receptionist and as a research assistant at my future University.
      During University I worked as a maths/chemistry/italian tutor, as a swimming/lifesaving instructor, as a temp receptionist, as an officer on a ship, as an ESL teacher, as a heritage building caretaker, created custom databases for tax accountants, as a sports teacher and youth counsellor at summer camps and at Blockbuster (it’s a DVD hire store – they existed pre-Netflix/broadband).

      I’ve been working as a professional engineer for about 10 years (about 5 in Control Systems and Mining and about 5 as a Space Engineer with the ISS)

    • Photo: Kirsty Lindsay

      Kirsty Lindsay answered on 14 Jun 2016:

      I was 16 when I had my first job in a shop, 17 when I started my engineering apprenticeship and 22 when I went to university for the first time.