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Speed Date Your Career Event

16 October 2019 

As year 10 students think about their elective subjects and start to decide which professional path they want to work towards, it can be invaluable to have the chance to speak to a range of professionals about what their job entails.

The Southern Downs Regional Council Economic Development and Tourism Unit will partner with Stanthorpe State High School and St Joseph’s High School to host a “Speed Date Your Career” afternoon to help students learn more potential future professions.

On Wednesday 23 October, local residents working in various industries will volunteer their time to speak with students about their own chosen career.

The Speed Date Your Career afternoon will see students spending 5 minutes with each volunteer, discussing their business or industry before moving onto the next. Students will rotate through approximately 10 volunteers, all involved in different areas of the community.

Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Tracy Dobie said that Speed Date Your Career events held in previous years have been an excellent way to get students thinking and questioning what feels right for them.

“We are lucky to have a community of intelligent, driven, and diversely talented young people and it is our duty as their parents, guardians, neighbours, and friends to provide them with as much information as we can to help them succeed in living happy and productive lives,”

“Some students find that the world of choice can be overwhelming. Events like Speed Date Your Career help by breaking down various careers into more manageable snippets of information that students can research further if their interest is ignited.” said Mayor Tracy Dobie.

Local professionals volunteering their time have supplied a short synopsis of their profession including the highlights of their job to organisers. These short synopses are compiled into booklets for students to peruse and annotate.

Students keep these booklets and can use them during subject planning sessions with teachers, guidance councillors, and parents to help them get the most out of their next school year. 

The goal of this event is to introduce students to new professions they didn’t know existed as well as provide an opportunity for students to get existing questions answered by professionals in the workforce. 

The event will also be catered by the Stanthorpe State High School hospitality students, some of which are working towards hospitality certificates already.

Local professionals who are interested in participating in future Speed Date Your Career Events can contact Council for more information.

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