USC jobs expo to shake up stereotypes - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Accessibility links

USC News

USC jobs expo to shake up stereotypes

30 Nov 2017

Stereotypes are expected to be smashed, and career ambitions raised at a special expo for about 200 young Sunshine Coast school students on Friday 1 December.

USC will host the Explore Pathways Expo for Year 5 students at its Sippy Downs campus from 9am to 12.30pm.

USC’s Widening Participation Project Officer Annie Colless said while the world was changing rapidly with the arrival of new technologies, research showed that outdated gender stereotypes were still limiting children’s career aspirations.

“There is also a general lack of information about career pathways for primary school children, even though this is a time when many students start forming firm ideas about their future,” she said.

“The Explore Pathways Expo will enable young students to find out about a diverse range of jobs, including those they may not have previously considered, through fun, interactive career exhibits.”

Exhibitors from USC, TAFE and community organisations will showcase a number of careers, including paramedicine, nursing, science, technology, creative design, music production, law and outdoor education.

Maya, one of USC’s detection dogs for conservation, will make a guest appearance to allow students to learn about the innovative use of dogs for environmental work, such as detecting threatened wildlife.

The expo is part of a suite of USC programs for primary and secondary school children, funded through the Federal Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, to build aspirations to go on to higher education.

— Clare McKay

Related articles

Dr Jane Stephens walking with rescued elephant in Thailand
First book by Journalism lecturer reveals rescuer’s wild life
16 Mar

A USC Journalism academic has combined her twin passions for writing stories and saving wildlife in the release of her first book, A Wild Life: The Edwin Wiek Story.

Head start on uni while at high school
12 Mar

Year 12 school students Amy and Geena know first-hand what to expect from university studies on the Sunshine Coast – they’ve already completed a few USC subjects.

New students follow hearts into Medical Science
17 Feb

Five OP1 Sunshine Coast school leavers eager to pursue medical careers without having to leave the region for university study can’t wait for the start of Semester 1 at USC on Monday 24 February.

Contact the USC media team

Name Position Email Phone
Terry Walsh Manager, Media and Messaging twalsh@usc.edu.au +61 7 5430 1160
Janelle Kirkland Media Relations Coordinator jkirklan@usc.edu.au +61 7 5459 4553
Clare McKay Media Relations Officer (Regional) cmckay@usc.edu.au +61 7 5456 5669

Search results for

Recent news