Outback adventure had a career focus

ON SITE: Year 9 Nowra High School student Kade O’Rourke in the outback for work experience.KADE O’Rourke from Worrigee recently took part in what could be called extreme work experience.Over nine days in June the year 9 Nowra High School student visited the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia with a film crew from an organisation known as Ngaanyatjarra Media (NG Media).Through family friends based in the outback Mr O’Rourke was told about a documentary being filmed by NG Media in an Aboriginal community in Wingellina, six kilometres from Surveyors Corner, where the borders of the three states meet.“I want to get into making documentaries. Once NG Media agreed and I had been granted permission to enter the lands of the Ngaayatjarra Council I was off,” he said.“I flew from Sydney to Uluru. I was then driven four hours across South Australia and into Western Australia.“We were working on a documentary about the people who used to live in the mission at Warburton in Western Australia.“I helped film them and interviewed them for a radio documentary as well.“I stayed in a house in the town and we travelled around in the car, set up to do filming and interviews.“I also spent a few days in a recording studio, during that time we set up a studio for a local band.“I did sound editing for the documentary.“The thing I enjoyed most was filming in the desert, just sitting in the dirt filming people.“The people were all very friendly and were happy to chat with us.“I definitely want to get into the media industry after this.”Mr O’Rourke said spending the days of his work experience time in an office was never going to be for him.“I had been thinking about doing something like this for some time but I was expecting to go to Sydney, not the outback.“It was a very exciting thing to have done.“Most of my friends were like why would you go to the desert for work experience, but if they went out there they would understand.“It’s an amazing place.“I’m hoping to go back in September to help finish off the documentary.“There will be a big festival on then so I might be helping out with that too,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.