This week is a significant time for students at Inverell High School who are engaging in work experience throughout the surrounding area.
Here at The Inverell Times, we have year 10 student Lachlan Hampton who is learning the ropes of journalism.
"I think working at the Times will be an empowering and insightful experience.
"It's definitely important for young students to learn the types of employment available and what they want to do with their lives. It's an important experience," he said.
Growing up outside of Inverell, Lachlan has developed a changing perspective of rural living and has experienced success and recognition in the local community through his education and work at McDonalds.
'Personally, I think living in a country town has helped me both physically and socially and has allowed for me to have a real sense of belonging within the community."
Being the son of two respected secondary education teachers, Lachlan takes great pride and work-ethic towards his education and has achieved academical recognition which he hopes to apply towards his upcoming HSC in two years.
Currently within school, Lachlan does a wide variety of subjects and courses such as Extension History, Aboriginal Studies, Advanced English, Advanced Mathematics and even a Certificate III course in Retail.
Towards the future, Lachlan hopes to continue his education through university and hopes to work within the exciting world of international business.