Stu­dents start plan­ning for ca­reers af­ter school

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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