2013 beacon Student Ambassador Induction – Emily Lane

On Friday the 22nd of February, myself and the other six Yarram Beacon Student Ambassadors met with all the Beacon Student Ambassadors from the five other schools in Gippsland. They are Leongatha, Warragul, Trafalgar, Maffra and Traralgon. We all met at GippsTAFE  Academy in Traralgon as this was a neutral, central venue for us all.  GIppsTAFE sponsored the day and provided us with morning tea and lunch.  One of their staff members talked to us about what courses we could possibly study at GippsTAFE after we finished school. The day was all new to us students as we didn’t really know what it was going to be like.

At the beginning of the day, we were asked what we wanted to get out of the session and many other students said they wanted to learn what Beacon actually is and what’s involved with being a Student Ambassador.   We looked at some famous Ambassadors and what they represented and how they got their message across.  I learnt they had to know there product and their message.  Then we looked at different ways and stunts that companies and businesses use to get publicity for their event or their product.  Some examples were Muppet cupcakes to promote the Muppets Movie, the Tim Tam Bus and Coke helping to promote the latest James Bond Movie.

We discussed different ways of finding out about jobs in our community and did an exercise were we had to map our town and try and work out who was in our network. This was a way to think about where our friends work, what our parents and their friends do for a job and who we could approach for things like Work Experience, sponsorship or involvement in Beacon activities like Speed Careers and Polish.

For me, I wanted to gain more confidence to speak up and for other like-minded people this was really achieved throughout the day. We all joined together for some group activities and learnt how to talk to different business people about what Beacon is.

Each school then got together and planned who they were hoping to get involved in the Beacon program. The day was a very positive environment and I think everyone really got a lot out of it.

Emily Lane

Year 10 Beacon Student Ambassador

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