Students inspired by career options

Amaroo Primary School students Zac Lynn, Jessica Rumbold, Iesha Phillips, and Jaxon de Vos. Photo: Breeanna Tirant
Amaroo Primary School students Zac Lynn, Jessica Rumbold, Iesha Phillips, and Jaxon de Vos. Photo: Breeanna Tirant

Last week several local businesses got together for a workshop at Amaroo Primary School to inform students about different career paths they could take later in life.

The Straightalk program, run by the Collie Smith Family, presented students with an opportunity to hear from people in a variety of careers.

The Mail, along with the Shire of Collie, The Bendigo Bank Collie and Districts Community Bank Branch, and South32 Worsley Alumina all got involved.

The Mail, along with the Shire of Collie, The Bendigo Bank Collie and Districts Community Bank Branch, and South32 Worsley Alumina all got involved. Photo: Supplied

The Mail, along with the Shire of Collie, The Bendigo Bank Collie and Districts Community Bank Branch, and South32 Worsley Alumina all got involved. Photo: Supplied

The Collie Smith Family program co-ordinator Diane Blount said the program was now in its second year.

"It's just to plant a little seed into the kids' minds about the different jobs that are out there in their local community and to give them knowledge on what is out there," she said.

"Then, in a couple of years time when they're thinking about what they might like to do career-wise, they can reflect on what they saw today and remember what needs to be done to get there."

Through talking to people in various professions, the students heard about the education, work and life experience of people who have successfully made the journey from school to the workplace and what it took to get them where they are today.

The Collie Smith Family team leader Mandy Grubb said the program got the children thinking.

"When we are looking at career activities, starting at primary school level is good for the kids because it builds aspirations," she said.

The aim of the program is to present students with positive messages and stories from people who are currently employed in a range of occupations and who may have experienced and overcome challenges on their way to becoming successful in their chosen career.

Shire of Collie manager of information services Shannon Wood said it was great to see students so enthusiastic.

"It's important for the kids to see the different services in their community, but also the types of jobs available to them when they're ready to enter the workforce," she said.

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