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QMEA - Bradley Fuller 2014 Student Ambassador

There is no doubt that 2014 will be the year that counts for me as well as all the Year 12 students within the Gladstone region. With exams as well as the scary, intimidating future ahead of us, this year will definitely be challenging to say the least. Like all teenagers, there was a stage where I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do when I left school – the large variety of careers challenged me to long and thoughtful thinking, “What do I want to do when I leave school? Is university the right choice I should make?”
After pondering over several daunting questions, I finally determined that the engineering and energy sector would be the pathway of my choice. However, I still was unsure of what engineering really was and what it consisted of. Year 11 physics and Engineering Technology gave me a small idea of what comes with being engineer, but I wanted a broader view. It wasn’t until I was approached by my physics teacher that I saw an opportunity to really understand the engineering and energy pathway – The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy Student Ambassador program. Competing for a position that I wanted alongside the rest of Queensland seemed difficult, however I was successfully chosen as one of the 20 student ambassadors. With other students from places such as Rockhampton, Mackay and Moranbah, it was evident that there was a variety of students with different approaches of the energy sector – all eager to find out what this position meant for us.
Our first event we attended was a four day ambassador workshop in Brisbane at the start of December last year. We were greeted by QMEA Project Officer Robyn Flexman, as well as organiser and fellow Project Officer Bob Barker at the St Lucia College Campus. Unaware of the four days ahead of us, we settled down and prepared for the coming days adventures. Throughout the following days on the workshop, we were exposed to a variety of different companies and worksites all willing to provide information about how they contribute to the energy sector. Travelling to the Stanwell Power Station, Safety in Mining, Training and Research Station (SIMTARS), Santos as well as BMA, all of us learned valuable information and broadened our view of the energy pathway.
As well as visiting these places, we were also asked to attend the Ambassador Breakfast, we where we approached by industry representatives in a more comfortable manner. We were then given awards and spoke to Queensland Minister of Education John-Paul Langbroek. As nervous as we all were, Mr Langbroek greeted us in a friendly and openly manner, taking away our nervous feelings.
The following day came with our farewells and best wishes, as we all began the long journey back to our homes. Stepping foot back on Gladstone soil, I finally felt like this pathway was the one I wanted to be in. Our journey opened our eyes as to what we could achieve and where we can end up by following the energy sector. Whether it is going through university and pursuing a career or pursuing vocational training and getting a trade, or combining both pathways, the energy sector seems to be waiting for us students. And it’s waiting for more students within the coming years.
So if you’re a student unsure of a future career or want more information about the minerals and energy sector, I urge you to take the opportunities the QMEA has to offer. I have been fortunate enough to have the QMEA provide me with this opportunity, and it is only the beginning of my journey of being a QMEA Student Ambassador. And who knows, this opportunity may lead us students to a promising and fulfilling future ahead of us.
Bradley Fuller – 2014 QMEA Student Ambassador