Expo shows students a wide range of opportunities
More than 1600 students from schools across the South West descended on Bunbury Catholic College on Wednesday for the 11th South West Careers Expo.
VET and careers coordinator at Bunbury Catholic College Michael Downes said this year’s event attracted a record number of schools.
“The expo has been going for quite a while now and this year is the biggest one we have had yet,” Mr Downes said.
“It originated from trying to get parents to take their sons and daughters to Perth for university open days or career days and then when we looked at it as a school it was very costly to transport the students.
“So then we thought why don’t we just bring all the presenters down here to the South West.”
Mr Downes said the expo helped to prompt conversations from students about their future career path.
“It creates a point of interest for discussion,” he said.
“It’s sometimes difficult as a parent to bring up with your child what they want to do in the future, whereas when you’ve got something like this, you’ve got your starting point and the discussion can occur in the car or at home.
“It’s a catalyst to find out what your child may want to do.”
Margaret River Senior High School Year 9 student Abbey Galvin said she was amazed by the variety of different career options.
“You come here thinking that there will be teaching, engineering and things like that, but you come here and there are so many more amazing opportunities that I hadn’t even thought of,” Abbey said
“For example, there is a stall here that is training to be a drone pilot which is really cool.”
The expo attracted more than 40 exhibitors including Curtin University, Defence Force Recruiting, University of WA and the International College of Hotel Management.
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