Students get a taste of the working world
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.