UTAS hosts high school career expo

ENGINE EXPERTS: Simon Ritchie and Mark Kenzie. Picture: Neil Richardson.
ENGINE EXPERTS: Simon Ritchie and Mark Kenzie. Picture: Neil Richardson.

Year eight and nine students from around Northern Tasmania were given a taste of what life will be like when they finish school as part of a careers expo at University of Tasmania on Friday.

A joint initiative of the University’s schools engagement team, the Department of Education and TasTAFE, the Creating My Career initiative was designed to get students thinking about what jobs of the future might look like.

More than 1100 students attended the workshops, which included activities across industries and workplaces such as agriculture, architecture and design, automotive, business, mining, tourism and beauty services.

Brett Williams from the University’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Schools Engagement) said it was about getting students to think about the choices they can make to get where they want to be.

“It’s a self-selection process,” he said.

“The students have done the prework back at their schools, where they chose what they would like to learn more about.

“What I’ve found is either students come away from today thinking their choice is not what they thought it was, or they come away with a deeper understanding of their chosen career path.”

The initiative follows a pilot program in 2016 which was expanded statewide this year. The first event was held in Burnie last month.