Careers Event – Cann River, Eden & Mallacoota

Approximately 30 students from Cann River and Mallacoota P-12 College,s and Eden Marine High School, participated in a Careers event facilitated by the Gippsland East Local Learning & Employment Network (GELLEN) this month. 

GELLEN is a non-for-profit agency, focused on partnership brokerage, funded primarily by the Victorian State Government.  We aim to improve job futures, make training accessible and to raise awareness of skills that lead to real jobs. GELLEN works with schools, tertiary institutions and businesses in our region, and this event was our first cross-border experience.  For this event, funding was also sourced from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), which enabled it to be run without cost to the schools or the students.

“We saw this as a great opportunity to showcase the employment and further study opportunities available to some of our more remote and regional secondary school students – and to highlight that many opportunities are located across the border,”  said Michele Fry, Project Officer for GELLEN.

Day 1 consisted of tours and talks at the Bega Valley Shire Council, the South East Regional Hospital, Illawarra TAFE, and University of Wollongong campuses in Bega.  The students learnt about many different types of jobs and career paths, as well as study options and how to access these areas.

On the second day, which was based at the Bega Valley Learning Centre in Merimbula, several sessions were held.  Rachael Murphy, of GELLEN, ran a Dress for Success session giving tips on presentation for interviews.  Sam Morris, the Careers Advisor at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus, came and gave a presentation on choosing career paths.

The final session at the Learning Centre was a panel session, which consisted of Ben Smyth from the Merimbula News Weekly, Kirsty Towill of the Commonwealth Bank, Cassandra Margules from Bega Valley Shire Council, Sergeant Cliff Scarlett from NSW Police, Matt Proctor from NSW Fisheries, Fay Cousins from Marine Rescue NSW, and Chyena Markley and Penny Malone from McDonalds.  They spoke of their journey, study, experience, and gave some general tips and ideas for those who might be thinking of working in a similar field.

The afternoon was spent by Eden Marine High School students toured the facilities in relation to careers in Hospitality, while the Cann River and Mallacoota students visited Svitzer Tugs in Eden and were shown around one of their fleet, and learnt about careers in the maritime field.

Great feedback was received in response to these Careers events, with the majority of the students saying that they had discovered a new career option that they did not know about before.