For par­ents, too

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Western Victorian Careers Expo 2017\ -

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.

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