Show children their options
TALKING to the next generation of workers about the different kinds of career paths available is the key to helping them turn their interests into serious options.
That may mean translating what happens in the playground into a career.
This process helped Paul Pearce, 30, to success in his job as a senior systems engineer at Deep Blue Tech, a subsidiary of ASC.
He was encouraged to pursue an engineering career because of his interest in playing with Lego and other construction toys.
Pearce is now one of 440 in the Advantage SA Speakers in Schools program, talking to secondary students across SA.
He talks to classes about what engineering involves to help increase the awareness about the job.
‘‘ It’s about making the kids at school aware of what’s out there,’’ he says.
‘‘ When I was at school, I didn’t understand the profession I do now.’’
Knowing about a variety of careers beyond firefighter and nurse can help students find their path earlier and properly tailor their studies.
Pearce believes adults can help children be aware of career options from a young age by looking at their interests and suggesting different jobs this could relate to when they grow up.
He says often, after hearing one of his talks, students will immediately ask how they can gain work experience and for more information because they were unaware of the opportunities available to them.
‘‘ They talk about a huge shortage of engineers in the industry so it’s good to be able to get a message where you get paid well, there’s plenty of choice and opportunities,’’ Pearce says.
SELLING A CAREER: Engineer Paul Pearce speaks with high school student Brayden.