Careers Day shows students what's 'out there'

01 November 2012
Dalby State High School Year 8 students (from left) Jessi Henning, Catherine Heron and Georgia Horsley
The first Careers Day for Grade 8, 9 and 10 students at the University of Southern Queensland last week was a great success, with many students saying they had a better idea of where they wanted to be when they finished school.

Students and Communities Division Partner Project Manager Belinda Cameron said she was very happy with how the event went.

“It went really well, especially considering it’s the first event of this nature we’ve held,” Mrs Cameron said.

“We’ve held other Career Days but this was the first one we’ve held for Grade 8 to 10 students.

“We had a much bigger turn out than expected and a wide variety of students.”

Dalby State High School students Angus Miller, Andrew O’Brien and Alex Rasmussen had their hands full solving a problem solving task using engineering principles.

“Even if you don’t know what to do, today has been really good to get an idea of the kinds of career are out there,” Alex said.

Different sessions and lectures were held for the 350+ students, covering a wide variety of possible future career paths including education, business, sciences, engineering, communication, creative arts, health, IT, law, archaeology and spatial science.

“We learnt a lot this year and are ready to improve the event even further next year,” Mrs Cameron said.

“We’re thinking about possibly taking it to out west, maybe out to Roma, so the schools out there won’t have to travel as far.”

The event was opened with talks from USQ staff including USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Carl Rallings and Career Development Practitioner Jenny Ball.

“The feedback we received was very good, including from very positive responses from students who may be the first in the family to go to university,” she said.

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