One hundred and twenty-three Year 10 students from FCJ College and Benalla P-12 College spent a busy day last Wednesday participating in Benalla Careers Day.
The annual event is designed to supplement the information young people gain from school-based career activities by providing a wide a range of career information, and direct access to as many career experts as possible, in just one action-packed day.
As well as show-casing the many exciting courses at tertiary institutions, both regional and in Melbourne, students learnt about the possibility of working or continuing their careers locally in their own community.
The morning began with half the students engaged in one of three, two-hour workshops at local venues: Latrobe LEAP into Engineering and Latrobe LEAP into Science at the Lakeside Centre, and RMIT LEAP into Art and Design at the Benalla Art Gallery. Students had great fun operating robots (Engineering), conducting experiments (Science), and smashing plates before reconstructing them in different forms (Art and Design).
The remaining students opted to find out more about local businesses and industries, and were bussed to their chosen destination of interest – Benalla Rural City Council, Benalla Health (pictured), D&R Henderson or the Department of Environment and Primary Industries – for a two-hour tour and fact-finding expedition.
At the conclusion of the workshops and tours students assembled at the Lakeside Centre to enjoy a fabulous barbeque lunch provided by the Rotary Club of Benalla. Then the ‘Speedy Talk’ session began, based on a combination of musical chairs and the concept of ‘speed-dating’. Students had five minutes at each of twelve tables to ask questions of the presenters who included a paramedic, lawyer, hairdresser, personal trainer, fire-fighter, and web designer. After the ‘Speedy Talks’ four workshops – What’s it like at Uni? Careers in the Defence Force, Careers in the Police Force, and Traineeships and Apprenticeships – rounded off a fantastic day.
The day was organised by staff from FCJ and Benalla P-12 College, Benalla Rural City Council and Tomorrow Today Foundation and supported through funding from Tomorrow Today and a small grant from Benalla Rural City Council. The organisers commended the students, who conducted themselves so well throughout the day. They are especially grateful to the local businesses, workplaces and professionals who gave up their time to help the young people of Benalla.