It’s all about ‘ME’ was the theme for this year’s Careers evening at Maitland Grossmann High School. This major annual event has been integrated into the schools broader commitment to the ‘ME’ program. The ‘ME’ program focusses on careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering and technical trades.
‘It’s a chance for students to get advice from people who work in these industries and find out the steps they need to take to get that job” careers advisor Lee Osborne said.
“This gives students ownership over their career path and it helps them direct their decision making into a field they are passionate about.”
Approximately 140 students and parents were involved in the evening which was well received, based on the very positive feedback from the attendees.
The school was able to secure the services from ABC radio’s Garth Russell as host and compare for the evening and he provided a touch of class and a high level of entertainment for those in attendance.
Garth interviewed Trini Cifrian (Civil/Structural Engineering), Michael Holt (Geotechnical Engineer), Mathew Moriss (Production Manager Westrack) and John O’Neill (Apprentice Master Sandvik).
Three of the interviewees were former students of Maitland Grossmann High school and they were able to provide unique perspectives on work, education and life.
Representatives from Youth Express, Careers Information Centre, TAFE, MIGAS, Hunter V-Tec, Defence Force Recruiting, Young Engineers and Newcastle University were on hand to discuss career options with the students.
“In order for Australia to meet the future challenges in Manufacturing and Engineering we need students who are committed, able and willing to take on careers in the technical fields such as, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering. Events like the Careers for ‘ME’ evening will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the decision making process of these students” Head Teacher Industrials Arts Scott Sleap said.
The organisers also wish to thank Garth Russell and ABC radio for their ongoing commitment to the school, and the guests and support personnel who gave up their time to support our students.