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Swapping the Salon for the Corporate Ladder

Swapping the Salon Corporate Ladder

It was a decision to follow her calling and dive into the world of business after learning the art of hairdressing that saw ambitious Brisbane teen Grace de Riecroft’s career come into its own.

The pivotal moment came in mid-2015 when MIGAS placed a business administration traineeship on the Seek website that caught Grace's eye and left her hungry to apply. She swiftly made the job her own, and commenced her traineeship with the booming trade services facility management company Prime Facility and Asset Management.

Hairdressing gave me some valuable people and computer skills which I’m grateful for, but I was hungry to start a career that gave me the chance to progress quickly so starting a business administration traineeship made perfect sense, said Grace.

The opportunity gave Grace the chance to become an administration support star on the job under the supportive eye of her supervisor as she progressed through her Certificate III in Business Administration.

Before she could blink, Grace was managing the administrative support for four major grounds and building maintenance contracts for childcare facilities. This involved creating schedules, invoices, data entry, inventory management and supporting the management and technician teams.

Grace said the ability to hit the ground running enabled her to make a big difference in a short period of time. “I started in the role shortly after the company launched, and was able to create new policies and procedures to help the team run more smoothly, said Grace.

A real high point was when I took on a new contract and had the significant challenge of hiring four people, purchasing vehicles, uniforms, safety equipment and organising machinery in a three week period. When I pulled that all together I felt like my job really meant something to the organisation.

When looking towards the future, this earnest trainee knows exactly where she is headed.

I want to keep learning and giving myself more avenues to progress towards a management role – I plan to start a Diploma of Business Management and a Certificate III in Work Health and Safety to help me reach my goals.

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Published 14/02/2017

In the spirit of reconciliation, MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.