I have always loved books and reading, so it seemed logical that I do my work experience in a library. From the outside libraries seemed like quiet, relaxing places until I started my placement at the Tea Tree Gully Library. I now know that there are so many jobs to be done in order to keep the library running smoothly.
Admittedly, I was a bit nervous before starting work experience, mostly because I didn’t want to be an inconvenience to the staff members. I needn’t have worried because I was welcomed by everyone and I certainly didn’t feel as though I was in the way. All the supervisors and staff members are friendly, supportive and they don’t expect too much of you.
Also, I loved the fact that I was able to be involved in various activities, rather than just observing other people. In just five days I learnt so much. Some of the activities that I was involved in were shelving, returning and checking out items, scanning items in the chute, covering new books with contact, sitting in on an Internet training session and being a part of Story Time, Baby Bounce and Toddler Time.
If you’d like to do your work experience in a pleasant and professional environment, I totally recommend the Tea Tree Gully Library. You are constantly learning great things and you will get a realistic idea of what it is like in the workforce.
Written by Julie – Work Experience Student @ the City of Tea Tree Gully Library