LOOKING AHEAD: Teenagers from schools across Allora, Roma, Charleville and Texas enjoying a tour of Toowoomba Engineering.
LOOKING AHEAD: Teenagers from schools across Allora, Roma, Charleville and Texas enjoying a tour of Toowoomba Engineering. Contributed

Students snag a taste of work life

STUDENTS from Roma, Charleville, Allora and Texas touched down in the Southern Downs last week to discover the behind scenes of workplaces.

While participating in the University of Southern Queensland's Beyond Year 10 camp, students got the chance to see what their futures could look like after school.

Students toured workplaces such as Vanderfield, Wellcamp Airport, Toowoomba Art Gallery, Qld Rural Medicine Education, Toowoomba Law Courts, City Golf Club and Advanta/Pacific Seeds, gaining a behind-the-scenes look at what it would be like to work there.

The Year 10 students were fully immersed into university life, staying at USQ residential colleges and touring campus facilities.

The camp ran from September 5 to September 7 aimed to raise aspirations to study higher education and increase student awareness of multiple pathways into university.

USQ's Samantha Kilmartin, an Outreach Career Development Practitioner, said Beyond Year 10 Camp was an opportunity for students to have an immersive experience, both at the university and in industries.

"It's about exposing them to job opportunities along their preferred career paths, and just getting them excited about the future,” she said.

"In addition to learning about jobs and the varying pathways and occupations within the industries, we also took them through a series of career development activities.

"It's about pathways - we're helping them understand there's many ways to access these different jobs, trade groups, work experience.”

The Beyond Year 10 Camp is part of Making Career Choices project, funded through the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program.

The MCC project works closely with schools and community to provide career development outreach opportunities.


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