Our Junior Training Program is designed to provide young people with an introduction into the retail workplace. Shifts allocated at the store is an opportunity to learn how to follow instructions, understand processes in a business, interact with customers and fellow employees and earn their first income.
Since 1999 many young people have taken a first step in the workplace.
April 2005 – November 2009
Journalist at Farm Weekly
I first started work at the original Muchea General Store in April of 2004 as a junior working Friday...
April 2005 – November 2009
Journalist at Farm Weekly
I first started work at the original Muchea General Store in April of 2004 as a junior working Friday nights with Derek, Leone, Jess and Amy Kanther.
I made lifelong friends with some of the juniors I worked with over the years, including Kim Wallace, her sister Katelyn, Tatum Okley and keep in contact with the other wonderful ladies who have worked behind the counter.
I continued to work at the store, even after the tragedy of it burning down, working regular hours while studying and moved up the ladder as they say, to be a senior staff member.
I'm proud to have been the Senior Staff Member of the Year before leaving to follow my lifelong dream to be a journalist. I moved to Busselton working for a local paper, then travelled the world - still keeping in touch with friends and family in Muchea.
I'm now a senior journalist and photographer at Farm Weekly newspaper in Perth and travel the state searching for those red meat and livestock stories.
So, from selling Farm Weekly to locals at Muchea... Jacinta now writes the stories.
I still call into Muchea as I am a keen horse-woman ...
October 2008 – March 2012
Mining Engineer at Rio Tinto
I started working at the Muchea General Store in 2008 as a junior after school and on the weekends. I graduated high school, moved to a senior position and started to study Chemical Engineering at Curtin University. I then made the decision to transfer to Mining Engineering at the Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie to pursue a more technical industry.
Through this movement I developed my understanding of the industry and was awarded multiple scholarships to further develop my learning, the most prestigious being the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Scholarship and the Minerals Research Institute of WA (MRIWA) Scholarship for my Thesis project.
This year I have graduated with first class honours and will start working for Rio Tinto Iron Ore at Brockman 4 in January 2015 as a Mining Engineer. Through these years of study I also had the opportunity to travel the world. I picked up and left for South America for 4.5 months in the summer of 2012/2013 with my back pack, trusty teddy bear and dollars saved from years of working at the store. Here I learnt how much we should value our lives with some real eye opening experiences.
Sporting wise I still compete in Surf Life Saving, cross county, dancing and Ironman 70.3 which has allowed me to travel the country seeking different destinations to race andtrain. The Muchea General Store gave me the confidence to stand up on my own two feet and overcome challenges I set for myself, both big and small.
February 1999 – 2007
Senior Environmental Consultant at Emerson Stewart Consulting
I worked at Muchea Store for 7 years between from 2000 to 2007. I started at the store whilst in Yr 8 and worked Friday's after school and Sundays competing tasks such as general kitchen hand duties, stacking shelves and cleaning.
As my skills developed, I ran the kitchen myself on Saturday and Sundays and with considerable years of experience in the store under my belt, was responsible for training new employees. I developed a training package that included all Muchea Store processes and allowed for consistent training and skill development across employees.
In my later years at the store, I conducted Accounts Payable and Receivable activities but still enjoyed my time in the kitchen cooking
My time at the store allowed me to purchase my first car, pay my way through University and move out of home and live an independent lifestyle at the age of 21. I competed a degree in Marine Science with Honours in Environmental Engineering at UWA whilst working at the store and since completion, have worked as a Project Manager for Perth based environmental and engineering firms.
I'm now on maternity leave and looking after my 7 month old baby boy whilst completing my Master of Business Administration (MBA) at UWA.
My time at Muchea Store not only provided me with fantastic financial benefits that set me up in my younger years, but also gave me good customer service, time management, and general business operations skills. I believe that to succeed in any chosen career you need to have a well rounded skill set, both practical and interpersonal, and Muchea Store provided me with the opportunity to develop this array of skills.
My pizza and fish and chip making skills are also quite handy for family and friends on the weekends!
July 2005 – March 2011
Manager Hair Saloon
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Muchea, Western Australia
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Sat-Sun 6:30am till 8:00pm
All public holidays, 6:30am - 8:00pm
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