Communications & Media

Students explore careers through real-world learning opportunities

Creating My Career - Hobart

More than 1,300 high-school students have gained insight into future career options during an immersive event in the State’s south. 

Creating My Career was presented in Hobart on Friday, 3 August, by the University of Tasmania in partnership with the Department of Education, TasTAFE, the Beacon Foundation and Rotary Tasmania.

The day-long event invited Year 9 students to select a ‘career cluster’ and then explore its associated occupations, in addition to education and training pathways. 

Students from 23 southern-based schools participated in activities which included a mock trial and witness examination, and painting and plastering, as well as the engineering of bridges. 

They also tried their hand at making plaster casts, explored the art of sushi-making, designed fashion garments and heard how to become their own boss. 

Career clusters included agriculture, aquaculture, architecture, business, digital technologies, engineering, law, medicine, psychology and sciences.

Brett Williams, Project Manager from the University’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Schools Engagement), said the event was aimed at assisting students to choose the right future study and career options. 

“Creating My Career provides invaluable hands-on activities and professional experiences to Year 9 students as they look towards subject selection into Year 10 and further study,” Mr Williams said. 

“At Friday’s event, students interacted with about 100 presenters from the University, TasTAFE and industry who provided an overview of the many jobs of the future, and what steps to take to get there. 

“This was the biggest Creating My Career event to date. Collectively in 2018, the program has engaged more than 2,600 students across the State.”

TasTAFE CEO Jenny Dodd said the event was a great way to get students thinking about their future careers and highlight the pathways open to them after college.

“We were excited to host Creating My Career at our Clarence campus, partnering with the University of Tasmania, the Department of Education, Beacon Foundation and Rotary to give students a hands-on experience relating to their career area of interest,” Ms Dodd said. 

“It’s all about giving students real experiences so that they can start making decisions about their future.  

Rotary Tasmania District Governor Ross Carlyle said the service organisation was proud to be supporting the event. 

“Creating My Career is just one of a suite of youth service programs that Rotary Tasmania is involved in throughout the year,” Mr Carlyle said. 

“Rotary provides the volunteers who accompany students on the day as they travel between different sites and locations during the event. 

“We see this as a service to our community and a way in which we can continue investing in our youth.”

Creating My Career was presented in Burnie during May and Launceston in June.

Published on: 06 Aug 2018 11:31am