Lauren scoops TAFE student awards
By NADINE FISHER
WITHIN three years, 19-year-old Pottsville resident Lauren McGiffen plans to have her own business up and running.
It was this same determination which saw Lauren complete a Double Diploma in Retail Management and Business Marketing as well as a Diploma of Human Resources in one year at the Southport campus of the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, driving each day from Pottsville to Southport to attend.
The commitment paid off for Lauren when she was named Outstanding Student of the Year for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE and the Student of the Year for the Faculty of e-Commerce and Business.
Lauren, a former student of St Joseph's College Banora Point, said the awards came as a surprise to her and she was very excited to have been selected from the many talented students attending the TAFE.
"I had to go to Southport to attend TAFE because Kingscliff didn't have the courses I wanted and Southport is renowned for its quality business courses," she said.
"And I was prepared to go that distance because I plan to have my own retail business - clothing and accessories - within three years."
Lauren said she was now busy gaining practical experience, having landed the position of supervisor at the Paradise Resort Mini-Mart in Surfers Paradise.
"My responsibilities include ordering stock, supervising the staff, cash handling and dealing with suppliers," she said.
"I'm really enjoying it and will now start researching my own business plan."