There was inspiration and excitement in the air at the recent Benalla Careers Carnival as Benalla’s Year 10 and 11 students learnt about the large range of work, training and study options open to them.

The annual event is coordinated by Tomorrow Today, in partnership with local schools, businesses and training providers. It is popular with students who get a sneak-peak at future training and work options.

“We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way our young people live, learn and work. The effects of the pandemic will continue to be felt by them into the next decade,” said Rosie Koop, Executive Officer of Tomorrow Today. “However, it is an exciting time for Benalla Rural City. We are entering a period of strong economic development with a significant number of new jobs anticipated. Growth industries include allied health, tourism, renewable energy, agribusiness, construction and logistics, and we aimed to tailor the Careers Day to showcase opportunities in these fields.” 

Young people had the chance to participate in some exciting and interesting workplace visits such as:

  • Witnessing animal check-ups at Rose City Veterinary Hospital
  • Learning about the use of medical equipment and treatments at Benalla Health
  • Observing the operation of heavy machinery at Thales, Schneider Electric and D & R Henderson
  • Learning about and operating the latest gym equipment at Primal Health Club
  • Observing the daily activities at Benalla Racing Club.

Students could also participate in workshops on science, art and design, and engineering presented by the Melbourne University Dookie Campus, Charles Sturt University, Benalla Art Gallery and Latrobe University.

A Benalla P-12 College student who attended the workplace visit to Rose City Vet said: “It was pretty cool. We got to see an animal being sedated for an operation. I could see myself being a Vet.” Another student from FCJ College said that what she liked best about the day was that the employers were friendlier than she thought they’d be. She said: “It’s really cool how many job opportunities there are in one building. The place I visited (Schneider Electric) had engineers, mechanics, electricians, admin and heaps of other roles too.”

After a delicious lunch catered by Rotary Club of Benalla, students enjoyed a number of workshops discussing careers in the police force, CFA, Australian Defence Force, SES, traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as university life.

“We are incredibly grateful to the local businesses and training providers who so willingly give their time to support our young people to explore careers,” said Rosie. “And you never know, perhaps some businesses and organisations met their future leaders.”

Students learn about the Australian Defence Force.
Students had an opportunity to see how a vet works.
Students learn about a career in Victoria Police.
Students with a Benalla CFA member.