23 July 2014
Up to 400 Year 5 students from 11 schools in the Gympie region gained hands-on exposure to a variety of interesting careers at a “Smart Steps: Jobs to Go” expo today.
The event at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Gympie campus and TAFE East Coast was held from 9.45am to noon.
Students met with more than a dozen exhibitors from USC, TAFE and local businesses and experience some of the duties performed by people working in fields including nursing, agriculture, ecology, hair and beauty, journalism, hospitality, computer-based design, education and engineering.
USC Careers and Graduate Employment Officer Julie Lusk said the event, now in its second year at Gympie, was part of a strategy to encourage primary school pupils to aspire to tertiary studies.
“The aim is to raise career aspirations of the students, as research shows this is an appropriate age to begin addressing issues of what a job is and why they should want one,” Ms Lusk said.
She said the event exposed students to a wide range of career opportunities, showed the qualifications these roles require, and demonstrated what it would feel like to work in these jobs.
“Smart Steps is a really practical program in which students can enjoy demonstrations of diverse jobs and participate in hands-on activities.”
The Smart Steps: Jobs to Go initiative was made possible through funding from the Federal Government’s Higher Education Partnerships Participation Program.
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