Leaving the Changeroom for the Boardroom

After climbing the rungs at a women’s fashion retail outlet, Brisbane local Karli Humphries’ career soared when she secured a business traineeship with a growing commercial property and construction firm.

It all began when Karli teamed up with MIGAS to secure a Business Administration traineeship with The Prime Group that would see her earn a Certificate III in Business. With Karli being the only administration support staff member to the divisions responsible for the groundskeeping and maintenance for day care centres and local council, her learning curve in the role was swift as she took on responsibility for data entry, payroll, accounts and customer service.

“It was both unexpected and thrilling to be given the opportunity to hit the ground running once I’d learnt the basics. Before I knew it I was supporting 14 technicians from the team to schedule their jobs, looking after invoicing for our biggest client and working with our State Manager directly on policies and procedures,” said Karli.

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“Being a trainee is a privilege. You gain so much experience and confidence while earning a qualification. It is all in the detail – it’s not just filing, it’s the way you file that is important.”

Karli said a particular highlight of the traineeship was being asked by management to take on administrative responsibility for one of the company’s biggest contracts with childcare giant Goodstart Early Learning.

“It was a big moment for me – we are responsible for 144 centres so I knew the gesture meant they had a lot of faith in me. With these types of jobs there is never a boring day as there is always so much variety,” said Karli.

With Karli well and truly stepping up to the plate, The Prime Group were quick to offer her a full time position as an Office Administrator at the end of her traineeship. If that wasn’t enough, the ambitious learner also plans to enrol in a Diploma of Leadership and Management along with a Diploma of Finance.

“For me education is everything. One day I want to manage a team, and I know every qualification I gain along with on the job experience will get me one step closer to where I want to be,” said Karli.

View the MIGAS Jobs Board for Business Traineeship opportunities.

Published 29 September 2016