Logan youth explore career options at expo
Published: 4 August 2017
Around 2000 students from 20 schools across the City of Logan have explored their career options at the 2017 Ignite Youth Careers Expo.
The annual event was held at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Tuesday 25 July.
City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the expo was all about helping young people make career choices by giving them an opportunity to consider further study, traineeships and jobs.
“These days, there are so many options for young people. They can undertake further study or do school-based or skills-based traineeships and apprenticeships,” Mayor Smith said.
“Whether they decide to pursue further study, traineeship, apprenticeship or employment, we would love to see our young people find opportunities in the City of Logan, close to where they live.
“One of the most consistent messages I hear is that people want to work close to where they live, but currently, more than half of our residents leave the City of Logan every day to go to work.
“We want to change that, which is why Council established loganjobs.com.au to help connect jobseekers with existing opportunities in our city.”
Students who attended the expo had a chance to talk with educational institutions’ representatives, training providers and prospective employers.
Hannah Shaw, a Year 10 student from Kimberley College, said the expo was a great event because it helped young people like her to start thinking about their future careers.
“I’m considering nursing but obviously I’m young and I still have a bit of time, so I’m keeping my options open,” Ms Shaw said.
The expo also featured interactive exhibits by Nine News and Beenleigh-based Brisbane Business and Hospitality Training, as well as presentations that provided information and inspiration to the students.
Guest speakers included 28-year-old entrepreneur and social media influencer Lewis Mocker, who shared his top eight tips for success.
Prue Howard from Savvy Style and Training presented a fashion parade to show students examples of outfits suitable for job interviews and the workplace. Logan City Council trainees modelled outfits from Suited to Success, a not-for-profit community organisation that helps people overcome barriers to employment.