Young pro­fes­sion­als re­turn to the scene

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A pro­fes­sional networking group specif­i­cally for young mem­bers of the work­force is about to re­launch in Kar­ratha af­ter a hia­tus of more than a year.

The Kar­ratha Young Pro­fes­sion­als have re­turned af­ter tak­ing a break last year and are busy plan­ning a host of events de­signed to en­gage lo­cal work­ers in their 20s and 30s who are serious about mak­ing the most of their ca­reers.

KYP co-founder Alex Waters said the group had first formed in 2014 af­ter a hand­ful of orig­i­nal mem­bers found them­selves the youngest peo­ple con­sis­tently at Kar­ratha and Districts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try events.

“At the time, we knew there were lots of young peo­ple out in the com­mu­nity do­ing good things, and I guess we wanted to have an en­vi­ron­ment where the young pro­fes­sion­als could net­work and we’d be able to pro­mote and en­cour­age pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment as well,” he said.

The group had a lot of suc­cess in their in­au­gu­ral year with events in­clud­ing guest speaker pre­sen­ta­tions, a speed-networking func­tion, and even their own awards night, but stopped last year af­ter the tran­sient na­ture of Kar­ratha life took its toll on com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship.

Mr Waters said the group had re-as­sem­bled with a more so­cial fo­cus and were keen to re­de­fine the idea of a young pro­fes­sional in a town with plenty of op­por­tu­nity for younger work­ers.

“I think we re­ally want to break down the whole def­i­ni­tion of young pro­fes­sional and re­ally get the com­mu­nity un­der­stand­ing that that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean a white-col­lar worker,” he said.

The KYP will launch for 2016 with a Thank God It’s Fri­day So­cial at the Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel on Fri­day, Septem­ber 2. It will be a re­laxed, ini­tial networking event for any­one in­ter­ested in the group.

A Christ­mas cock­tail party is also planned for later this year.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha Young Pro­fes­sion­als com­mit­tee mem­bers Nathan Hamp­son, Wayne Hourque­bie and Jes­sica Ire­land are part of a re­ju­ve­nated group pre­par­ing to re­launch at the Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel on Septem­ber 2.

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