Young professionals return to the scene
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.
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.