Stars dis­cuss their ca­reers

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Stars of mu­sic, comedy, foot­ball and busi­ness were on hand to in­spire Ber­ri­gan Shire’s fu­ture lead­ers at a spe­cial fo­rum last week.

Fin­ley High School Year 11 and 12 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the Youth Fu­tures Ca­reer Expo, hosted by Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil, last Wed­nes­day.

Close to 100 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the event held at the Fin­ley Re­cre­ation Re­serve, which in­cluded a visit from sev­eral North Mel­bourne foot­ballers.

Coun­cil eco­nomic and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment li­ai­son Mer­ran Socha said the expo aims to high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in ru­ral and re­gional ar­eas and fo­cuses on spe­cific jobs within dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries.

She said the celebrity guest speak­ers cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the stu­dents.

‘‘The day got off to a great start with well­known singer, song­writer and co­me­dian and five-time Golden Gui­tar win­ner Peter De­nahy play­ing a bit of mu­sic and talk­ing about his life as a self-em­ployed mu­si­cian,’’ Ms Socha said.

‘‘Peter had the stu­dents ask­ing for more and he was thor­oughly en­gaged when some­one asked dur­ing ques­tion time if he could rap.

‘‘Mem­bers of the North Mel­bourne Foot­ball Club joined a dis­cus­sion on pro­fes­sional sport and ca­reers af­ter sport. Other con­trib­u­tors to the panel were Jamie Haynes from Trig­ger Per­for­mance and Martin Glee­son from AFL Goul­burn Mur­ray.

‘‘Some of the stu­dents as­sisted the AFL play­ers to run a su­per clinic for the lo­cal pri­mary schools as well.’’

Ms Socha said lo­calised em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties were also thor­oughly out­lined as part of the day.

‘‘There was a panel dis­cus­sion ses­sion look­ing at dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties in tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­clud­ing op­er­at­ing an at­trac­tion, man­ag­ing a re­sort, run­ning a vis­i­tor cen­tre or ma­jor event, and work­ing in the club en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘Fol­low­ing the event theme, the stu­dents were asked to think of a big event in­volv­ing food and they had to set and dec­o­rate a spe­cial event ta­ble.

‘‘A dis­cus­sion panel look­ing at the di­ver­sity of agri­cul­ture ca­reers rounded out a very suc­cess­ful day.’’

Ms Socha said coun­cil would like to thank the many lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and pro­fes­sional who gave up their time to be part of the day and share their ca­reer ex­pe­ri­ences with the stu­dents.

North Mel­bourne star Lind­say Thomas (far left) ad­dresses the stu­dents along­side his Kan­ga­roos team­mates.

Singer and co­me­dian Peter De­nahy with a cou­ple of Golden Guitars.

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