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My Brilliant Future

Our Careers Day last Friday was a huge success. I would like to thank all of the presenters and parents who attended for their support of our students. A big congratulations also to our students who conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion on the day, prompting some excellent feedback from some of the employers.
Tom Cobcroft, Site Senior Executive – General Manager of Open Cut Operations, Anglo American, opened the day with an inspiring speech about his own career journey and the passion he has for his role and for lifelong learning. The day was wrapped up with a hands on workshop about health careers by medical students from the University of Queensland. Students received valuable job search tips from Human Resource Manager, Anglo American, Stephanie Opperman and Erin Dean, Business Consultant, MRAEL. All of our students engaged with the My Future website – a valuable tool for all young people and I recommend that parents investigate this website with students to initiate discussion about careers. Councillor Jane Pickels was also on hand, with Isaac Regional council staff, to provide advice and information about the work of the council.
Health Careers were well represented and our students took advantage of the opportunities to take blood pressures, practise CPR and talk with Australian Navy general practitioner Dr Natalie Old, registered nurse Annette Imperatore and Community Health Nurse Robyn Hughes. Our local nutritionist, Sharon Ryan, provided an amazing display and samples of healthy nutrition. Dr Maya Robinson spoke to students about veterinary careers.
Our local emergency services, fire personnel and police, provided engaging conversations and put their vehicles at our disposal, as well as handcuffing a few of our students! Students were able to identify the range of career opportunities available at Civeo and Spotless and many were very interested in hearing about child care as a career from the C&K staff.
Business minded students were able to engage with Australia Post and staff from Suncorp Bank in Emerald and online business enterprise Buck Wild Country. Trade minded students received valuable tips from Ergon Energy and BMA provided us with three apprentices who shared their experiences. Staff from Central Queensland University spoke to students about the options available for further study.
Students had the opportunity to speak with over 35 industry representatives from mining, health, banking, local council, emergency services, child care, education, retail, trades, hospitality and service organisations. It was wonderful to see our students making the most of these conversations. I have attached the speakers guide to this newsletter as a way of acknowledging our guests. Please take a moment to look through the guide and talk with your children about what they learned from the day.