A mixture of pathways, occupations and industries was the common theme presented to year 7 and 8 students from Mount Waverley Secondary College at the Careers in the New Economy session. Organised by the Careers Coordinator, Head of Technology and MC’ed by the Head of Science for the school, the event comprised a keynote presentation, panel question and answer session and a cybersecurity workshop.
Students heard from a variety of industry professionals covering the banking, services, manufacturing and medical devices sectors. Panellists roles were also varied ranging from Head of Cyber Security to Project Engineer, Marketing and Channel Systems Engineer among others. The core message from all of these speakers was that focusing on STEM and Enterprise skills will be critical for careers in the new economy. The session also demonstrated to students the diverse nature and many different pathways speakers had taken to reach their current role.
The question and answer saw some interesting and thoughtful questions asked by students before students moved on to the Optus Cyber-Security Session for the remainder of the day.
It was exciting to be invited to the day and I was impressed with the focus, attention and interest in their future careers demonstrated by the Year 7 and 8 students present.