Year 10 students from the Lakes Entrance Secondary College participated in a Careers Day last month, facilitated by Lakes Entrance Schools & Community Hub and the Gippsland East Local Learning and Employment Network (GELLEN).

Seven local organisations opened their doors for groups of students to tour their facilities and gain a knowledge of the type of work available locally, as well as the skills required to work in those areas.  These visits were followed by an employability skills session, facilitated by GELLEN, and after that 25 local people from 17 organisations based locally participated in a career speed networking session.

In the morning, the students were broken up into three groups.  One group visited The Bellevue, Albert and Co and the Visitor Information Centre to get an insight into the hospitality and tourism industry. The second group went to Lakes Entrance Fishermens Co-operative followed by a look around Gippsland Ports to gain a better understanding of work in the fishing and maritime industries, and the final group toured the Lakes Entrance Early Learning Centre and Opal Lakeview Aged Care to learn about the Caring Industry.  At each venue, a run-down of different career options in each place of business was given, and students were able to ask questions.  The students were very enthusiastic, and received great advice in regard to future careers, and the importance of certain subjects at  school to different types of careers.

After the employability skills presentation, the rest of the afternoon was spent in a speed networking session, where local employers had small groups move around to talk to them about specific careers.  Those employers came from many and varied local businesses and organisations, and included staff from Gippsland Lakes Community Health, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Lakes Water Taxis, Chris Rykers Real Estate, AlbCon, O’Donnell’s Transport, Bury Design, Apprenticeships Australia Group, Gippsland Ports, Commonwealth Bank, Department of Education, Gunaikurnai Lands and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC), McDonalds, Flawless Beauty Room, Mat’s Hair Factory, and Landcare.

Students said that they learned a lot on the day, and that they now know that there are many different jobs than they knew about previously.  They understand the importance of staying at school, and that it is okay to change your mind about your chosen career direction.

This is the second year in a row that this event has been run.

“We hope it will be even bigger and better next year,” said Pam Waters, Program Co-ordinator from the LLEN.

“Without the co-operation and enthusiasm of local organisations, this day could not be successful.  Both the Lakes Entrance Schools and Community Hub and the LLEN would like to thank all those who helped us to facilitate this event for the students of Lakes Entrance Secondary College.”