Warren Central School student, Emily Glover joining the executive of the Department of Education for two days this week was a real revelation.
Year 11 student, Emily took over the desk of Executive Director, Learning Management and Business Reform as part of the annual Education Week Secretary for a Day leadership initiative.
"It was an eye opening experience," Emily said.
"I've made a lot of friends and learnt a lot about the Department of Education that I'll take back to my school."
Emily joined 19 other promising young leaders from around the state, who shadowed the Secretary, Dr Michele Bruniges AM and other senior officers.
The Secretary for a Day program is a core component of Education Week 2015.
It is a rewarding opportunity providing talented students first-hand experience of what is involved working as a senior manager in a large government organisation like the Department of Education.
The program offers the student Secretary for a Day an insight into the challenges and rewards of the post as well as how educational policy relates to schools.
Emily was chosen on her principal's recommendation and a written application outlining her leadership experience, personal qualities, areas of interest and what she hoped to learn.
Over the last two days as well as her time at the executive director's desk, she took part in meetings, forums and workshops at the Department of Education's Sydney offices.
You can hear about Emily's experience in her own words today at 10:45am on 2WEB. (585am)
(You can listen to the interview by clicking the play symbol below)