MAX Stanton is 21 years old, but has already been in the workforce for four years.
Max started an electrical apprenticeship with the Stanwell Power Station straight after graduation and hasn't looked back since.
The fourth-year apprentice was at the Capricorn Careers Expo at CQUniversity yesterday, to speak with students on career options. With youth unemployment being one of the big challenges facing the region, students from across the Rockhampton region were encouraged to chase their dream careers.
Max told students about the skills he had developed through his trade and the experience of going to work every day.
"My apprenticeship has been good because you get satisfaction from what you accomplish in your work," Max said.
Max recommended students interested in a trade to start it straight away rather than take a gap year after graduating Year 12.
While Max has one year left to complete in his apprenticeship, he said he was not too worried about securing a job afterwards.
"After completing your apprenticeship you can apply for a position at the company if one is available, but I'm willing to move to find work if that's necessary," Max said.