For parents, too
A2017 Western Victorian Careers Expo committee is keen to attract as many parents of students as possible to this year’s event on Tuesday.
The committee has issued a broad invitation to parents based on an understanding of the importance of parents to be informed as much as possible in the decision-making process of their children.
Year-12 Murtoa College student Jordyn Werry, who is interested in studying medical science at university, provides an example of the process that confronts many families.
For Jordan to pursue her academic interests she will need to leave home and probably move to a city in another state.
“I have a strong interest in medical science after undertaking work experience at the Austin Hospital in the Olivia Newton-john Cancer Wellness and Research Centre,” she said.
Jordyn’s mother Michelle Cameron understands what a huge step this is for her daughter and wants to be fully informed about what options are available with regard to universities that offer the course, along with residential services available.
“I want to make sure Jordyn is fully informed about several different universities that offer the course she is interested in, and what housing options are available in each city she might end up moving to,” Mrs Cameron said.
Careers expo project officer Annie Mintern said the expo would feature a tertiary information session for parents and many exhibitors would offer information about residential services and housing options.
“Lincoln College and Flinders University are both presenting seminars at the expo with information about university accommodation in Adelaide, and Ormond College and University College have exhibitor sites with information about university accommodation in Melbourne,” she said.
Mrs Cameron is also interested in finding out information regarding financial assistance, such as youth allowance.
“As a mother of four, I am interested in finding out what financial assistance is available to Jordyn when she leaves home in order to offset some of the costs to our large family,” she said.
Ms Mintern said there would be a specific seminar during the day discussing Centrelink matters, in particular youth allowance.
“Simmons Advisory Service is presenting a seminar titled ‘Understanding Youth Allowance’ which is a useful guide to parents and tertiary students on how to make the most of available allowance support,” she said.
The tertiary information session will follow the seminar.
Department of Human Services is also exhibiting at this year’s expo at Longerenong and will be providing information about financial assistance.
People seeking more details about the Western Victorian Careers Expo seminar program can visit website www.wimmeracareerexpo. com.