Ca­reer ad­vice in a flash

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A dif­fer­ent kind of ca­reer ad­vice ses­sion came to Kar­ratha Se­nior High School last Thurs­day when stu­dents took part in a morn­ing of “speed ca­reer­ing”.

In a fast-mov­ing event based on the for­mat of speed dat­ing, Year 10 stu­dents broke into small groups and moved around ta­bles of about 15 guest speak­ers to get quick in­sights into the wide va­ri­ety of ca­reers avail­able in their lo­cal area.

Event or­gan­iser and Em­pow­er­ing Peo­ple in Com­mu­ni­ties com­mu­nity co-or­di­na­tor Jac­qui Hark­ness said the fast pace of speed ca­reer­ing made for a fo­cused ex­change of in­for­ma­tion.

“I think it’s re­ally ef­fec­tive be­cause it’s such a short amount of time, it al­lows peo­ple to re­ally cut to the chase of it,” she said.

“The kids don’t tune out ei­ther. It’s kind of ex­cit­ing, it keeps them en­gaged, and the fact that we can get so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple in the room at once is re­ally ef­fec­tive rather than if we were to get all these peo­ple in in­di­vid­u­ally over 10 weeks.”

Ms Hark­ness said EPIC had re­cruited from a wide range of in­dus­tries in­clud­ing the po­lice force, army, health and hos­pi­tal­ity to show stu­dents there were more lo­cal work op­tions than only the re­sources in­dus­try.

The speed ca­reer­ing ses­sion, which was or­gan­ised by Kar­ratha SHS and EPIC, is an an­nual event for the school.

Kar­ratha’s other high school, St Luke’s Col­lege, is due to hold their own event in Au­gust.

Kar­ratha SHS head of hu­man­i­ties and so­cial sci­ences Peter Sharpe said so­cial­is­ing with adults work­ing in a range of dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries re­ally ben­e­fited Year 10 stu­dents pon­der­ing their up­per school sub­ject op­tions.

“What we’re look­ing to do is plant seeds at this time,” he said.

“They’re in their sub­ject selec­tion process and what­ever we can do to get them to think about what they might like to do helps.”

Pic­ture: Ni­cole Kot/ Kar­ratha SHS

St John Am­bu­lance sta­tion man­ager Dave Ab­bott and para­medic Taryn Milden­hall.

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