Benalla’s Year 10 students took the next step on their life’s journey by attending Careers Day 2018 last week.

More than 100 students from Benalla P-12 College, Benalla Flexible Learning Centre, EdSpace and FCJ College had the opportunity to learn about careers and career pathways through a variety of workshops, workplace visits and presentations.

The event was funded and coordinated by Tomorrow Today Foundation, working in partnership with the schools.

Young people began the day with the choice of a workplace visit or one of three interactive workshops.

Workplace experiences included: watching an operation on a small animal close up at Rose City Veterinary Hospital; hands-on activities at Benalla Health; seeing heavy machinery operating at Schneider Electric; and learning about and operating the latest gym equipment at Primal Health Club.

Workshops on digital design, science and engineering were presented by the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), Charles Sturt University and LaTrobe University respectively.

The students then gathered at the Lakeside Centre. They learned about volunteering opportunities available through Benalla Rural City Council and heard from John Holland’s HR manager about future employment opportunities at Benalla’s new pre-cast concrete factory.

After a delicious lunch catered by Rotary Club of Benalla, students participated in ‘Speedy Talks’.

In this very popular session, students moved between 12 tables and had the opportunity to interact with a range of local professionals who generously volunteered their time to share their career pathways and inspire students to set goals for their future.

The day concluded with a series of workshops discussing careers in the police force, emergency services, traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as university life.

Year 10 Careers Day is run annually as part of Tomorrow Today’s Education Benalla Program.

Tomorrow Today Transitions Coordinator Deb Paez said it was wonderful to see the local community support the senior students.

“We are most grateful to the many local businesses, workplaces, professionals and the Rotary Club of Benalla volunteers who gave their time to help our town’s young people to improve their knowledge of the many careers and career pathways available to them” she said.

Students talk with Geoff Draper, a physiotherapist at Benalla Health, at the Glasshouse as part of the Careers Day 2018.

Students talk with Geoff Draper, a physiotherapist at Benalla Health, at the Glasshouse as part of the Careers Day 2018.