ENERGISING DREAMS: Dane O'Shea from Origin Energy chats with students.
ENERGISING DREAMS: Dane O'Shea from Origin Energy chats with students. Julia Baker

Miles students look to the future

MILES State High School stirred the imagination of the next generation and gave them a helping hand to shape their future careers when it hosted its second consecutive careers day.

Students from years 10, 11 and 12 were given the chance to meet with prospective employers to ask questions, discover job opportunities and to gain knowledge on career pathways including tertiary study, traineeships and apprenticeships.

MSHS joined forces with representatives from prominent organisations, including Origin Energy, CPB Contractors, University of Southern Queensland, TAFE, Queensland Health and Western Downs Regional Council, to present a range of information sessions and facilitate face-to-face meetings with industry professionals.

Miles State High School Principal Josette Moffatt said career education is key to assisting students with knowing what opportunities are available to them and how to set about achieving their goals.

"You have to teach careers - they can go to a careers market and get all the freebies but they don't know what they're looking for or what they are asking,” she said.

"So we run two sections - the first is presentations and then we provide that career education... We educate them so they have questions to ask at the market: what do you do and how did you get there?”

Ms Moffatt said while students in regional areas are not disadvantaged they often aren't aware of the careers available to them.

"I am passionate about helping students realise their opportunities and their careers are absolutely endless,” she said.

"There are so many ways to get to where you want to go and also what you do where you are is now transportable all over the world... the world is your oyster... We have to let them know that the world is open to them wherever they sit - we have to open their eyes to the idea there's a big world out there.”

However, Ms Moffatt also said it is important for students who want to transition into a job straight from school to know what industries and companies are based locally.

"If they're going to start working our aim is they're going to start working in these industries like Origin and CPB that are accessible to them,” she said.

"We're working very closely with them to make it accessible to them - live local, work local with wonderful academic opportunities not far away.”

Grade 12 student Angela Krause, who hopes to study physiotherapy, said while the USQ presentation was a highlight for her the careers day was beneficial to all students.

"I liked USQ presentation because it gave us in insight into uni but there was also a lot of traineeships and apprenticeships, so for those who aren't that allows them to see what else they could do.”

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