Fair opens eyes to future opportunities

Northern NSW schools found a fun way to mark National Careers Week.

21 May 2021
Four girls standing shoulder to shoulder facing the camera.
Image: Eye on the future: Armani wants to be a nurse like her mum, Jannelli also has her sights on nursing, Zaphron hopes to become an author and Jess aims to find a career as a dancer.

Mullumbimby High School hosted a spectacular Careers Fun Fair this week for more than 500 students from seven local primary schools and Year 7 and 8 students.

The day aimed to develop innovative and creative career education programs. Students engaged in activities that raised career expectations and highlighted pathways into further study, work and/or training.

The Careers Fun Fair attracted more than 40 various industries including yoga therapy, coffee roasting, the Spaghetti Circus, and a Macadamia Castle Reptile Encounter.

Stalls showcased their business and offered students the opportunity to interact with professional employers to consider future occupations. Keynote speakers and show performers volunteered their time to attend the Careers Fun Fair.

Vanessa Perrin, careers adviser and leading organiser of the fun fair said the day had a “positive vibe” and students were very keen to find out about future career options.

“A common goal was shared by all, to strive for a career you are passionate about and develop an effective action plan to achieve it,” Ms Perrin said.

Mullumbimby High School principal Greg Armstrong spoke about the wonderful, strong community and the opportunity to connect students with the local TAFE.

Mullumbimby High is also part of the Lighthouse Valley Learning Community including Bryon High and 14 primary schools.

Deborah Page-Thomas, Head Teacher Careers, Educational Pathways Pilot Program (EPPP) said school was the connection between our students, parents and industry’.

The day was a renowned success for students, teachers, stallholders and community members strengthening their relationships for learning beyond the classroom settings.

The day provided the opportunity for Year 5 and 6 students to interact with their future peers from Year 7 and 8 supporting a smooth transition into high school.

This event coincided with National Careers Week 17-23 May 2021 while also meeting the outcomes of the Rural and Remote K-12 Career Education initiative.

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