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More than 1300 high school students explored future career options at a practical learning event at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus on 3 August.

Creating My Career is a partnership between TasTAFE, the University of Tasmania, the Department of Education and Beacon Foundation, with the support of Rotary Tasmania.

The annual event, which has already run in Burnie and Launceston this year, gives Year 9 students a “taste” of a career in their area of interest with a range of practical activities as well as insights from industry representatives.

Students participated across 19 cluster areas including Architecture, Automotive, Building and Construction, Engineering, Fashion and Hair, Education and Early Childhood, Medicine Aged Care and Emergency Care, Psychology and Tourism and Hospitality.

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd, said the event was a great way to get students thinking about their future careers and highlight the pathways open to them after college.

“We were excited to host Creating My Career at our Clarence Campus, partnering with the University of Tasmania, the Department of Education, Beacon Foundation and Rotary to give students a hands-on experience relating to their career area of interest,” Ms Dodd said.

“It’s all about giving students real experiences so that they can start making decisions about their future,” Ms Dodd said.

Brett Williams, Project Manager for the University’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Quality and Schools Engagement) said the event was a unique way to get students thinking about future career paths.

“Creating My Career encourages students to explore a cluster reflecting their interests, providing them with an in-depth look at a number of relevant occupations which will assist them in choosing the right future study options,” Mr Williams said.

“Students engage with University, TasTAFE and industry representatives, giving them a well-rounded education experience and solid understanding about jobs of the future.

“The event also helps prepare them for future employment, while sharing information and advice about furthering their education and training,” Mr Williams said.

Industry representatives included the Australian Defence Force, Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Tasmanian Hospitality Association and North Melbourne Football Club.


1300 Year 9 students explore future careers