THEY might only be in year 10, but when it comes to work experience Griffith students have their sights set well and truly on the future.
At Griffith High School, requests to do work experience out of town came thick and fast this year.
For 16-year-old Andy McRae the decision to spend a week with the First Royal Australian Regiment Light Infantry Battalion in Townsville was an easy one.
"From about the age of four or five I've wanted to be in the army," he said.
"My pop was in the air force and my brother is in the army up there. Being there made me even more determined to join. A rifleman is what I'm looking to be."
Classmate Montanna Jones went to Bankstown Community Mental Health and is seriously considering a career in the field.
"I'm interested in mental health because there is such a need to help people in country areas.
"There are so many different areas I can work in. I went to home visits to see clients and I went to doctor's appointments to see people have their medications reviewed. It gave me good insight and I know this is what I want to do."
Careers advisor Karen Howe said it was good to see so many keen students focused on their future.
"In this group there are a lot of highly motivated students who thought outside the square and really wanted to make the most of this opportunity," she said.
"It is wonderful to see the kids so keen and great to get the feedback that the employers were impressed with the maturity of the students. I need to thank every one of them for supporting us whether they were away or right here in town.
"Doing work experience brings them back into focus for their career aspirations."
Ms Howe said whether they worked at local veterinary clinics, Griffith Base Hospital, as an aircraft engineer at Williamstown Airbase, the Art Gallery of NSW, Wollongong Hospital or any of the many other businesses in Griffith, students were happy to get a sample of what may lie ahead.