Travel comes to mind for many teenagers who want a break after 12 years of schooling, but Chelsea McKimmie decided a traineeship at her local council was the right kind of gap year for her.
Chelsea successfully applied for the administration position during her final year at Tallangatta Secondary College, and nearly 12 months later she feels many doors have been opened by the experience.
"I had no idea of the range of things council covers and how involved council is in the community," she said.
"I've loved the diversity of the role."
Working as part of the administration team, Chelsea has recorded and monitored customer requests, manned reception, created council documents and filled in where needed.
Accompanying a range of different council staff from various departments on their general duties was a highlight.
"I've really enjoyed being able to travel around the shire, working with people from across the organisation and different parts of the community," Chelsea said.
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Chelsea has also completed a Certificate III in Business over the course of her placement and said she was considering work and study as her next step.
Each year, Council recruits two local young people for a 12-month administration traineeship at the offices in Corryong and Tallangatta.
The council is currently looking for two young people interested in taking up the role in 2020.
Further information on the position is available on the Towong Council website.
Applications close this Friday, September 20, at 5pm.