Future Careers
  • Last updated:
  • 21 Jun 2018

Council is embarking on a strong and prosperous future.  It aims for 

  • a progressive approach to sustainable economic growth
  • opportunities that are unrivalled anywhere in Australia.

Council’s Regional Economic Development Strategy is a blueprint for sustainable economic growth until 2033. In it are identified seven high value industries that offer the greatest potential to succeed as the region’s economy grows.

The Future Careers program highlights the impact that technology and innovation will have on the Strategy’s seven high value industries and jobs of the future.  High school students from across the region engage with hands-on interactive displays at events and activities such as

Future Careers +2025 Expo (2016/17)
BiG Day In.

Council has partnered with the My Weekly Preview magazine as part of the Future Careers program. This program highlights the wealth of information and opportunities available to help connect and support young people and their parents. This proactive approach ensures students are prepared to meet the future needs of our growing economy.

For more information about the career pathways projected for the seven high-value industries, please download the industry brochures below:

Aviation and Aerospace[1837KB]

Clean Technologies[4684KB]

Education and Research[675KB]

Food and Agribusiness[490KB]

Health Heroes[520KB]

Knowledge Industries and Professional Services[516KB]

Tourism, Sport and Leisure[595KB]

Read the special My Weekly Preview Future Careers Feature[3281KB]

Cultivating our future

Our region has a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem with a network of

  • education programs
  • co-working spaces
  • advocacy
  • events
  • meet ups.

These have developed organically across the community providing young people with a wealth of opportunities that help connect and support them.



For school children, this free coding club is held on Saturdays during the school term. For more information visit Coder Dojo

This collaborative project is hosted by Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast in partnership with council and a large network of organisations and individuals, whose aim is to connect people on the topic of digital innovation. For more information visit Digital Sunshine Coast

This annual challenge is for 15-25 year olds wanting to start their own business (April – June). For more information visit Generation Innovation

This annual event explores the opportunities for new products and services based on open data sets (July). For more information visit GovHack Sunshine Coast

This annual program is for youth in grades 10-12 to showcase innovative ideas, learn new skills and win prizes (January – May). For more information visit Mayor's Telstra Tech Awards

Provides professional development opportunities for teachers and advanced coding for students from across the Sunshine Coast. For more information visit Mountain Creek State High School Coding and Innovation Hub

This annual weekend event helps school children to progress their ideas into business opportunities (August). For more information visit Startup Weekend Youth Sunshine Coast

An initiative of council, the regional Education and Research Industry Taskforce and Education Sunshine Coast, the Study Sunshine Coast portal is all about promoting the education, lifestyle and career opportunities that are available in the region to international and domestic students.  For more information visit Study Sunshine Coast 

Hackfest is an annual event promoting the creative use of open data. For more information visit Sunshine Coast Council HackFest

The Creative Alliance provides advocacy, networking and professional development, as well as showcases the region’s creative and knowledge industries. For more information visit Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance