GETTING STARTED: Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer.
GETTING STARTED: Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Anita Dwyer. Contributed

Dress shop was first start for Commerce and Industry chief

MUCH like many other "firsts", you never forget your first job.

And whether you have fond memories of it or not, chances are it taught you something.

The Queensland Times has asked some of the most successful people in Ipswich to share some of their first job experiences.

Each week, a different community figure will reveal how they earned money for the first time.

 

Anita Dwyer: President of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Apprenticeships Queensland marketing and communications officer.

ANITA Dwyer knows how important first jobs are.

After all, the Ipswich resident is in the business of providing employment opportunities to people.

Ms Dwyer - who works at Apprenticeships Queensland - said no matter what a person's first job was, it provided valuable experience.

"My first job was working part-time at an Ipswich dress shop called The Menagerie when I was in Year 10," she said.

"It was a lot of fun. I would assist at the shop each Saturday because shopping in Ipswich was busy on those days."

Ms Dwyer said she had to leave her job when she went to boarding school but later found full-time work for The Leyland Motor Company.

"I was stationed in the accounts department," she said. "I started work there in 1977.

"In those days we clocked in and out of work using punch cards and used computers that were as big as the room."

Ms Dwyer's advice to job seekers was that even if your first job wasn't necessarily your dream job, you shouldn't dismiss it as a waste of time.

"I didn't really enjoy accounting but I still learned a lot from my time working there," she said.

"When young people come in looking to do apprenticeships and traineeships the first thing I ask them is 'do you have a part-time job?'

"If they say no, I tell them to go out there and get one because it's important to be working while you search for an apprenticeship.

"You just have to go out there and give it a go knowing that first job doesn't have to be a job for life.

"It's much easier to find employment when you already have a job."



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