Students start planning for careers after school
CAREERS and future pathways planning were a big focus for Bright P12 College students last week.
Last Tuesday all Year 9 to 11 students were involved in both physical and on-line activities, investigating career clusters and specific career industries and jobs as well as completing their annual career action plans while on Thursday the Year 9 Career Big Day In took place.
Thursday’s event gave students the chance to hear from community members, including some past students, talking about their jobs and pathways since leaving school.
Bright P12 College careers adviser Christine Blazek said students also visited one of four local businesses in the town, choosing either Espire Clothing, Sixpence Coffee and Reed and Co Distillery, Ovens Valley Physio and Pilates and Sky Bott Aerial Technologies.
“The sessions at school were so well received and students used the opportunity to make connections with people in industries they are interested in finding out more about or business they are hoping to do some work experience in,” she said.
“The purpose of the visits to businesses was for students to get a first-hand understanding of the scope of a small business in Bright, how it was conceived, the challenges in setting a business up, marketing and promotional strategies, product design, target markets, funding and more.”
“They were also useful for students to gain an understanding that a small business has to consult with many professional and skilled people in order to set up, run and grow any business.
“The breadth of these professional links provides contacts for our students to talk to and find out more to help them investigate and plan their future pathway beyond school.”
Students also sat down for formal interviews for a job they applied for during their English classes leading up to the day with external panel members helping to provide a realistic experience.
Ms Blazek said the day’s activities proved worthwhile and an enjoyable experience for students.
“We thank the 16 community members and 10 volunteer interview panellists participate on the day as well as a number of teaching staff working with the students both prior to and during the day,” she said.