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Logan youth map out jobs for the future

Published: 26 July 2016

Logan youth map out jobs for the future
Students from across the City of Logan explored post-school job options at the 2016 Youth Careers Expo at Logan Metro Sports Centre.

Students from across the City of Logan have explored options for their post-school futures at the 2016 Youth Careers Expo.

More than 2000 students from 20 schools had an opportunity to consider their career choices at the annual expo held at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday 26 July.

Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said the jobs expo was an important event to motivate students to start thinking about what they might want to do after high school.

"The expo is always popular as it allows young people from 15 to 24 years of age to make comparisons between careers, further study, jobs, and potential employers with the aim of finding something that appeals to them,” she said.

“The focus of many of today’s jobs and careers is expected to change dramatically with automation and technical innovation so young people need to think about what role they can play in those changes.

“Events like the jobs expo and the GovHack open data competition being held around Australia and New Zealand this weekend encourage young people to think about what’s possible and start making life choices to turn those post-school possibilities into reality.”

Cr Dalley said Council was also determined to promote a greater awareness of local job opportunities to young people in the City of Logan.

“Logan is a growing city and has no problem attracting new residents,” she said.

“The challenge for us is to identify opportunities for creating new jobs in our city so our residents don’t have to leave Logan for work.

“Locally-based sponsors of this event like Griffith University help to open the door to new opportunities for our young people and it is fantastic to see the schools, sponsors and exhibitors continuing to show their support."

The expo featured more than 70 exhibits from employers, job service agencies, education providers and a range of guest speakers and presentations.