TECHNOLOGY changes have had a huge impact on many business sectors.
You only need to look at the challenges for main street retailers presented by online shopping, for Australia Post from emails and for traditional media from Facebook, Twitter and other online information.
It’s a whole new world.
So, one of the main things young school leavers are looking at when they are considering a career is how ‘future proofed’ the job might be.
People are always going to get sick so careers in health are popular. The key trades; plumbing, electrical and building will always be needed. And we’re always going to need people to fix our vehicles.
That’s one of the reasons why Ryan McGuirk, a young motor mechanic at Wonthaggi Holden is pleased with his chosen career.
Ryan finished Year 12 at Wonthaggi Secondary College in November of 2010 and by the time January came around he had already started his apprenticeship at the local dealership.
“I did VCAL in Year 12 which included two days-a-week work at Bridgestone/Goodyear Tyres in Wonthaggi.
“The VCAL course included VET Automotive which was like a pre-apprenticeship and after I finished school, I responded to an advert in the Sentinel-Times and got the job at Wonthaggi Holden,” said Ryan this week.
“I started here on January 10 and have been here for four and a half years now.”
For the first three years, Ryan attended trade school in Leongatha one day a week but even after completing his time, the training still continues.
“You go into specific Holden training after that. They have ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’, ‘Gold’ and ‘Platinum’ training levels going through all aspects on Holden maintenance and I’m halfway through my ‘Bronze’ at this stage.
“The Bronze is basically an overview of all the diagnostic systems Holden has and as you work through the levels you get specialised training on all aspects of every vehicle.”
And, according to Ryan, the computer goes hand-in-hand with the torque wrench and other key mechanics’ tools when maintaining and repairing today’s car.
“You could say the computer is the most important tool we use, yes definitely.”
Ryan enjoys his day to day work as a mechanic, noting that no day is the same, but he’s also pleased about his prospects for the future.
“One of the main trainers we have down at Holden Training did his apprenticeship at a local dealership like me and then he went on to working on NASCARs in the US. Now he’s back here as one of Holden’s top trainers.
“Once you’ve got the skills, you can go anywhere.”
Careers in the mining industry, getting a job maintaining a fleet for a big company, working on race cars or just playing your cricket locally and seeing where the career takes you in your own town…
That’s what Ryan likes about being a motor mechanic.
“They’re never going to do away with cars and, if you think about it, wherever vehicles are needed, there’s a job for a motor mechanic.”
As it turns out, the sister business to Wonthaggi Holden, Wonthaggi Toyota is presently advertising for a ‘1st Year Apprentice Motor Mechanic’, offering some other young person locally the chance to gain the skills needed for a lifetime career see