St Edward’s College celebrated National Careers week from 16 May to 20 May running activities across Years 7 to 12. Their theme “Where you start isn’t necessarily where you end up”.
Juliana Dignam, Leader of Learning for Careers/Vocational Education and Training said “The purpose of the week was to reinforce to students that career pathways are no longer linear but more squiggly, full of possibilities and theirs for the making. We also want to bridge the gap between students, teachers, and industry, making connections for future programs and employers easier and it was the perfect opportunity for parents to have career conversations with their child”.
With over 34 presenters from industries across the Central Coast, presenters, face to face or virtually, shared their own personal career journey, including their current role/industry and tips for career decision making. It was impactful and engaging for both teachers and students.
We had 73 classes and over 1200 students across the week engaged in activities that included sitting in a Police highway patrol car, to how to pitch yourself in 60 seconds to an employer. Students learnt about careers in cyber security, the food industry, manufacturing, engineering, law, accounting, police force, cabinet and furniture making, construction, local Council, STEM, financial advising, music, sound recording/engineering and sport. They also learnt about apprenticeships and traineeships, tax file numbers, superannuation, how to be an entrepreneur and identifying their strengths, values, and skills to help them achieve their goals.
St Edward’s would like to thank and acknowledge the following industry partners; Regional Industry Education Partnerships, Australian Cabinet & Furniture Association, Borg, Central Coast Group Training, Central Coast Council, Central Coast Industry Connect Ltd, Crossmuller, Cyber Security Association, Newcastle Engineering Association, Grove Studios, Herbie Spices, Marshmallows Co., McDonalds, MSD Law, TAFE NSW, North Construction, Saphi Engineering, Siage Accounting & Financial Services, Behind the Scenes, State Training Services, Central Coast Industry Hub, University of Newcastle, Australian College of Physical Education, STEM Magazine, Skills Road, Resolve Consulting, Australian Taxation Office, Media for Millennials and PWC.