On Tuesday 27th of August, Naracoorte High School hosted a Careers Expo for students in Years 10-12. This day was dedicated to hearing from local industry professionals. Students heard positive messages about the importance of hard work, taking up opportunities that present themselves and following your passion.
Many of our presenters were past students of Naracoorte High School who have encountered a range of experiences since school and have followed their passion. Sophie Ford, from Ottoson Partners Real Estate, spoke about the importance of working your way up in a business and how hard work can take you far. Ben Hood, from Hello Friday and co-creator of George the Farmer, spoke about following his passion and how working in an industry doing what he loves means that he can give back to the community through pro-bono work and mentoring young people through work experience. Daniel Kitto, from Limestone Coast Motorcycles and Small Engines, shared the importance of experiencing different opportunities through your career and how doing what you love is important to keep your career on track. Nathan Miles and Myles Higgs, University students, delighted the crowd with their quirky mini performance in which they shared their experiences in putting on a show at the Adelaide Fringe.
Tom Cooper, also a past student who now works for Landmark Naracoorte, and Linda Cotterill, from One Forty One Plantations, discussed the opportunities available in the Agriculture and Forestry industries. They shared with students the advancements which have been made in these fields which open up doorways for a broad range of careers. It was particularly interesting to note that there has been a change from Forestry being about men trimming trees with chainsaws to people using machines and drones.
This shift in different technologies was echoed by Brodie Telford-Webb from Civil Train. Brodie works to train people in the Civil Construction industry. She talked about how important it is to have skilled people available to construct our roads, bridges and towns and gave students the opportunity to hear from people in this industry via video.
We were also very lucky to have Guaran Madan, from SE Dental, and Alycia Thorpe and Georgia Smith, from the Naracoorte Hospital, who took time out from their busy schedules to share with students the opportunities available to them in the Health industry. The focus was on regional options after University, which was excellent because we want our young people to return to the community and invest themselves in the growth of our area.
The talks were rounded up by Dr Paul Tosch from Lincoln College, who talked about the importance of a supportive environment for students who go to University. He showed students some of the different options available when they live away from home to study, and discussed some of the features of residential colleges.
Finally Sabrina Pattenden, from the Department for Education, spoke about the South Australian Certificate of Education and what students should think about when picking subjects and exploring career options.
After the talks, students had the opportunity to visit stalls set up by a range of industry and University groups, as well as explore the different subjects we offer at our School.
The stalls were set up by the following:
Tarah Marygold MAS National
Lynley Selig Agricultural Pathways Program facilitator- Tafe SA
Chris Ronan UniSA Mount Gambier
Nicole Liebelt Flinders Uni
Trudi Jones Tafe SA
Nathan Miles and Myles Higgs
Performing Arts students
Mary McClure Limestone Coast Training
Joanne Brauwers and Hamish Probert
Marika Miller Teys Australia
Rebecca Elsworthy RWM Group
Dr Paul Tosch Lincoln College
Karen Nicholls Wickham Flower
We have had a great deal of positive feedback about this event and would like to thank all presenters and stall holders for supporting our school. We hope that we can continue to support students to find their passion and are overwhelmed by the support granted to us by local industry professionals.
We hope that students will reap the benefits of this Expo and will aim to host this event again next year.