Over 120 Year 10 students from Benalla P-12, FCJ and Benalla Flexible Learning Centre came together recently to learn about work and study options throughout the region and beyond.
The 2016 Benalla Careers Day showcased activities offering a range of career information and direct access to a wide range of career experts from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
Workplace visits were held at Benalla Health, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Schneider, D&R Henderson and Benalla Rural City.
Alternatively, students attended a series of workshops including Latrobe LEAP into engineering at the Lakeside Centre, LEAP into art and design at the Benalla Art Gallery or LEAP into science at FCJ.
For Benalla P-12 student Joel, the engineering workshop was an opportunity to further explore a field of study he’d like to pursue at university.
“I already wanted to become an engineer, but the workshop gave me an idea of what else was going on” he said. “I would like to go to uni and study robotics.”
FCJ senior school leader Jason Boyle said the group of students he took to Department of Environment, Land and Water Protection were blown away by the range of jobs available.
“Our kids found it was a real eye opener,” he said. “There are a lot of jobs working with farmers regarding water and salinity and opportunities to work with other departments such as forestry and conservation.”
During the afternoon, ‘Speedie Talks’ were held, with industry representatives from backgrounds including teaching, early childhood, the defence forces and medicine seated at 12 tables across the Lakeside Centre. Students moved across the room, inspired by career and pathway insights from experienced professionals.
At the end of the day, a series of four workshops were held on topics careers in the defence and police forces, traineeships and apprenticeships and university life.
The day was coordinated and funded by Tomorrow Today Foundation with excellent cooperation from FCJ College, Benalla P-12 College, and Benalla Rural City Council. Tomorrow Today and the schools are most grateful to the many local businesses, workplaces, professionals and Rotary volunteers who gave up their time to help the young people of Benalla.