Year 10 students from Benalla P-12 College, FCJ College and EdSpace had the opportunity to learn about more than 100 careers and career pathways at the recent Benalla Careers Day. Ninety-two students participated in the day which involved interactive workshops, workplace visits, guest speakers, exhibitors and ‘speedy talks’ with 20 local presenters.
Workplace visits allowed the young people to see business and industry in action. This year they were held at Benalla Health, D&R Henderson, Primal Health Club, Rose City Veterinary Hospital and Schneider Electric.
Alternatively, students could attend workshops run by Latrobe University – LEAP into Law at the Lakeside Centre and LEAP into Digital Art and Design at the Benalla Art Gallery.
‘Speedy talks’ held at the Lakeside Centre rated very highly with the students. Moving between twelve tables, they were inspired by career and pathway insights from experienced professionals that included a vet, youth counsellor, social worker, armed forces personnel, and agriculture and farming representatives.
Another highlight of the day as voted by the students was the delicious lunch prepared by Rotary Club of Benalla. The young people reported the burgers were ‘awesome’.
At the end of the day, a series of workshops were held on careers in the defence and police forces, traineeships and apprenticeships and university life.
The day was funded and coordinated by Tomorrow Today Foundation, working in partnership with FCJ College and Benalla P-12 College. Tomorrow Today and the schools are most grateful to the many local businesses, workplaces, professionals and Rotary volunteers who gave their time to help the young people of Benalla.