Earlier this week students from across the region attended the bi-annual careers market hosted by the Charleville State High School.
Charleville State High School, Quilpie State College, Cunnamulla State School and students from Distance Education all attended the careers intensive.
Sue McDonald, the CSHS Careers Advisor, says the day was great opportunity to give kids exposure to an array of career options.
“It’s about raising aspirations, showing them some opportunities that they may not have thought about and putting the people right here in Charleville to give them the right information.
” For some of the families we work with, to make those trips to Brisbane for open days and career expos, it’s a massive cost, time out of school and accommodation so by bringing it here it’s an opportunity for these kids to have a similar experience to what you get in the bigger schools over on the Eastern seaboard,” she says.
Students from year 7 through to year 12 were invited to the market day and as they wandered through the stalls they were picking up information, asking questions and storing it away for future use.
Three of Queensland’s biggest universities were there, the University of Southern Queensland, the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Queensland.
“USQ, QUT and UQ are big supporters of our school and we’ve got some amazing scholarship programs and partnerships with those three universities.
“When they’re in those younger grades, their minds are open and they’re easier to engage and getting them to start looking now is a powerful tool,” says Sue.
The careers market was opening by a special guest speaker, Junior Finau. Junior spoke of his own experiences of beating the tough times to make some impressive career achievements.
“Some of the kids are from quite diverse backgrounds, so by exposing them to a motivational speaker like Junior we’re saying it doesn’t matter where you start there is success there
“Our outcomes out of our school are very strong – our senior cohort last year, about 50% of them did an OP and everyone who applied for University got a placement,” says Sue.
The South West Health and Hospital Service, local Paramedics, local Police, Ergon Energy, the SES, representatives from the Army, Navy and Airforce, TAFE, the Murweh Shire Council and CWAATSICH were just a few of the stalls available to the kids.
Some may have been wondering why the SES was included in the career market – but they soon found out that volunteering is valuable.
“Another good thing for our students to do when they get to sixteen is to build their profiles and volunteer in the community,” says Sue.
The enthusiasm on the day was infectious, and the stall holders were patient and willing to answer all questions and demonstrate what they do in their job.
A big congratulations goes to everyone involved in making this market happen, it’s great to know our kids have the kick start in life they need.