When working with children to realise their career aspirations, there’s often one group that is left out of the conversation: their parents.
The resulting confidence gap, in Launceston and northern Tasmanian anyway, is being bridged by a group of parents participating in a University of Tasmania program and culminating next week in a careers and health expo.
The Parents Matter program, coordinated by UTAS’ Marcel Kerrison, seeks to establish a series of parent-led learning groups to develop their knowledge and provide resources for raising their children’s educational and career goals.
I've learnt a lot more about what the education system is like.Tami Schwanck
While learning about the pathways open to their children, the parents involved are also expanding their own: all are being assessed in three VET competence units.
Tami Schwanck of Lilydale, said participating in the programs and organising the careers expo has pushed her own goals further still – to a cert 3 in education, and perhaps even tourism beyond that.
“I've learnt a lot more about what the education system is like,” she said.
“It’s given me a lot more confidence in myself.”
The Northern Suburbs Careers and Health Expo will take place from 3.30pm on Tuesday, September 18 at the Northern Suburbs Community Centre in Newnham.
The event will see 27 exhibitors spruik their options for years 11, 12, and beyond.
A free sausage sizzle will be available.
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