Stu­dents get a taste of the work­ing world

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE State High School and lo­cal in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives joined forces last Wed­nes­day for a ca­reer and in­dus­try guest speaker day, which gave stu­dents a taste of a va­ri­ety of jobs and study op­tions to help them de­cide on their fu­ture ca­reers.

Stu­dents chose their three pre­ferred in­dus­tries to lis­ten to from a num­ber of dif­fer­ent speak­ers, in­clud­ing Queens­land Health, Air­lie Day Spa and Hair Stu­dio, Wil­mar Sugar and Whit­sun­day Gold. Stu­dents were also able to find out about study op­tions to get to where they would like to be in their fu­ture ca­reers.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from uni­ver­si­ties, TAFE, the Coun­cil, B.E.S.T. em­ploy­ment and Ru­ral Skills Aus­tralia pre­sented in­for­ma­tion on ca­reer pos­si­bil­i­ties and fur­ther study.

Year 10 stu­dents Aubur­ney Van Niek­erk and Chelsea Marchant both agreed that the talks were very in­for­ma­tive and helped re­in­force some of their de­ci­sions for school sub­jects for their se­nior school­ing. Year 12 stu­dents Joshua Dobe and Fran­cis Appleton took ad­van­tage of Wil­mar Sugar be­ing in the school to find out about ap­pli­ca­tions for the re­cently ad­ver­tised ap­pren­tice­ships and cadet­ships.

Prin­ci­pal Don McDer­mid said days like this are a great show of how in­dus­try and schools can work to­gether to give stu­dents the knowl­edge they need to choose the best ca­reer path for them.

“We are re­ally grate­ful to the in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives who do­nate their time for days like to­day and it’s great to see this whole-of com­mu­nity ap­proach to sup­port­ing young peo­ple as they learn and de­velop,” Mr McDer­mid said.

Guid­ance of­fi­cer Sharon Rudin­ski says in to­day’s em­ploy­ment mar­ket it is vi­tal stu­dents have as many op­por­tu­ni­ties to hear about how things work in the real world as pos­si­ble.

“It’s great that the school has worked in part­ner­ship with Youth In­vest to find some re­ally qual­ity speak­ers to at­tend the school which helps stu­dents with sub­ject se­lec­tion, en­gage­ment with se­nior school­ing and work readi­ness,” she said.

“At school we talk about be­ing pre­pared for the work­force, but al­low­ing stu­dents to hear di­rectly from in­dus­try means they re­ally sit up and pay at­ten­tion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved in the next in­dus­try day con­tact Sharon Rudin­ski on 4945 0111 or email

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