A Sunshine Coast youth panel challenged the health and education sectors to produce career development with real people, real stories and real jobs. Health Heroes Career Expo was the answer.
Health Heroes from Local business, TAFE, University, Ramsay Health and Queensland Health came together to support over 500 Sunshine Coast students at the careers expo hosted by Kawana Waters State College on May 22. “It was a great opportunity to help young people with their decisions about a career,” said one exhibitor. Students can only know the careers that they are exposed to and make decisions with limited knowledge. Health professionals were able to share their stories and provided interactive learning on job pathways. Students who had chosen to leave school early were able to find new pathways and were inspired to take a combined TAFE and University course into a career in health. Many students had not realised the diversity of careers that were out there.
One attending teacher shared her students’ enthusiasm for the event, “one Year 8 student now wants a career in health, and another Year 12 was always on a nursing pathway and now is very interested in radiography! Three Year 9 boys with a sport interest are now aware of health pathways with a sport interest and they also enjoyed the experience. The bus ride home was filled with excited chatter.”
Deborah Moseley, the Queensland Youth Industry Links Partnership Broker who brought the health and education sectors together said “we want to give the best possible opportunities to our youth. Health is the fastest growing industry on the Sunshine Coast, and it will explode with opportunities once we have the finest teaching hospital in Australia in our region”. The Sunshine Coast University Hospital opening in 2016, will offer many localised employment opportunities, available to this generation of students.
This has been such a success that we want to open up the opportunity to all students and families to learn about these careers. Maroochydore State High School will host a similar event on July 16. Health professionals on the Sunshine Coast are invited to exhibit at the upcoming expo. An information pack for schools interested in attending is available. For more information contact Deborah Moseley at Queensland Youth Industry Links on 5443 4322 or visit www.qyil.com.au .
Queensland Youth Industry Links is a not for profit organisation that connects the community through partnerships that link Business, Industry, Educators and Families and empower our youth to reach their full potential.