Council starts career forums for high school students
  • Thursday 14 October 2010

Council will hold the first of a series of career workshops and forums for Sunshine Coast students from across the region at Nambour high school next week.

Council’s Manager for People and Culture Branch, Nick Sheehan said council is committed to supporting youth across the region.

“We are upholding council’s values to connect with the community and develop and nurture our partnerships.

“In partnership with Queensland Youth Industry Link’s (QYILs), members of the People and Culture branch with others from across council departments will deliver a number of forums,” Nick Sheehan said.

“These are designed to inform and inspire students and also give them the opportunity to consider careers in their regional council,” he said.

“The first of these will be held at Nambour High School next Thursday 21 October with about 100 students in years 10 to 12 attending from local high schools.

“We will be using information gained from this first forum to fine tune the program to ensure needs of students are addressed at future careers events which will be held throughout the Sunshine Coast.”

“The forums aim to give students a close look at the number and scope of careers which cover all of council’s operations and to assist students in making the transition from school to employment.”

“We believe students will benefit from the program as they will be able to research and explore a range of potential careers to make more informed career decisions.”

At a recent survey undertaken by QYILs and participating schools, students identified careers that included:

  • Civil Engineering Cadetships
  • IT Systems Administration
  • Libraries
  • Media & Communication
  • Planning
  • Tourism
  • Events
  • Technical Officers
  • Park & outdoor skilled workers

Council employees from each of these areas will share their knowledge with students on career development and pathways, resume writing, interview techniques, personal presentation, workplace expectations, work placement and traineeships.