Speak­ing from ex­pe­ri­ence

Ca­reer talks help students to work through job op­tions

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

KEARNAN Col­lege Year 9 students were last week given di­rec­tion and advice to help them make de­ci­sions about their ca­reers.

For the first time, the school hosted a ca­reers day for the Year 9 class, which in­cluded spe­cial guests such as Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei, Fonty’s Pool owner Jeremy Beis­sel and sev­eral in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives from through­out the re­gion.

Thurs­day’s ca­reer’s day started with a study skills ses­sion to help the Year 9s with end-of-year-ex­ams.

The day then con­tin­ued with a pre­sen­ta­tion from Cr Omodei and Mr Beis­sel as they spoke about their em­ploy­ment jour­neys.

Mr Beis­sel ad­vised the students to be care­ful with their on­line pres­ence. “Your so­cial me­dia image is some­thing that po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers will look at,” he said.

Cr Omodei talked about the grow­ing in­dus­tries in the re­gion and the im­por­tance of us­ing tech­nol­ogy for in­dus­try ad­vance­ments.

He said, given the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy, any type of busi­ness could be set up in the re­gion.

Kearnan Col­lege prin­ci­pal Ja­son Meynell said professionals in­volved on the day in­cluded peo­ple from agri­cul­ture, an elec­tri­cian, a teacher, some­one in real es­tate and some­one from de­sign and graph­ics.

“We can make it big­ger next year,” he said.

“The em­ploy­ment land­scape will be dif­fer­ent by the time these students en­ter the work­force.

“Dif­fer­ent skills will be needed.”

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Fonty's Pool owner Jeremy Beis­sel ad­dresses Kearnan Col­lege's Year 9s at their ca­reer day on Thurs­day.

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