A focus on future careers
  • Tuesday 12 April 2016

What career and job opportunities are likely to be available on the Sunshine Coast in the year 2025?

Council will provide a preview to local secondary school students in Years 9-12 through the Future Careers+ program, starting next week at the University of Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the program will include a series of one-day exhibitions throughout this year that focus on future study and employment opportunities within the region’s seven high value industries.

“The key objective of the Future Careers+ program is to make our young people aware of the career opportunities that are likely to be available to them in the year 2025 within the high value industries in the Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) and to provide information on education pathways to help youngsters achieve relevant qualifications here on the Sunshine Coast ,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“These seven high value industries have been identified under REDS as the keys to future employment and economic strength on the Sunshine Coast. They complement the Sunshine Coast lifestyle and our natural advantages and will provide a platform for future quality employment opportunities for young people in our region.”

The high-value industries identified in REDS include health and well-being; education and research; knowledge industries and professional services; tourism, sport and leisure; food and agribusiness; clean technologies; and aviation and aerospace. 

Kawana Waters State College Year 11 student Jennifer Millers said she was excited to attend the Future Careers+ events.

“I love living on the Sunshine Coast and I really want to better understand the career options available to me in the future,” she said.

Kawana Waters State College Principal Collin Allen-Waters said the Future Careers+ Program would be great help to students entering their most important school years.

“Choosing the right elective subjects for the final years at school is a very big decision for secondary students so to give them an insight into the possible future career opportunities here on the Coast and the study pathways they’ll need to get there is of tremendous value,” he said.

The first event, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council as part of the Future Careers+ Program, will be Big Day In Sunshine Coast which is part of a series of national IT and technology Careers Conferences held by the ACS Foundation, that provides thousands of high school leavers etc across Australia with information about careers in the technology industry and connects them directly with some of the nation’s largest technology employers, Small Medium Enterprises and entrepreneurial start-ups. It will be held at the University of Sunshine Coast's Innovation Centre from 9am to 2:30pm and include guest speakers from Microsoft, Adobe, Wise Tech Global, Technology One and Telstra.

Registrations are essential, to register visit: http://www.acsfoundation.com.au/bdi/index.cfm?page=sunshine16