Careers advisers from NSW and ACT schools converged at a cocktail party last night at Sydney’s Macleay College as part of their annual careers conference.
Discussing ideas and potential careers for their students, the conference gives advisers and school teachers the chance to scope out opportunities for future university applicants.
The conference organisers, the Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT, are focusing on visiting private colleges, universities and training organisations to understand the culture of each institution.
Michelle Bond travelled six hours south of Sydney from the coastal town of Eden to scope out potential tertiary options for her students.
The careers adviser from Eden Marine High School said she had seen students make the shift to studying in a smaller learning environment to avoid the shock of a big university environment.
“For rural students smaller environments are great,” Ms Bond said.
Ms Bond mentioned she was finding more of her students opting for building and trades work.
“Nursing is still popular for girls,” she said.
She said in her experience there was still a trend for more males to study maths-based subjects over females.
Neil Locker, from Chatham High School in Taree, said the choices students were pursuing in degrees and various career paths had changed radically from when he started teaching in the 1980s.
“There are many more things to do, more diverse options to study,” he said.
Representing Canberra College, Kim Thomas said private institutions such as Macleay College “support each individual seeking to commence study”.
“The internship programmes offered to the students gives an opportunity to get a real feel of how it’s like to work within in their chosen profession,” she said. – Report by Greta Levy, video produced by Ra’Eesah Lillah and presented by Lisa Solinareos
Top photo by Ben Atkinson-James