By Victoria Stone-Meadows
The 2017 Casey Careers Expo and Try a Trade saw hundreds of high school students from Casey and Cardinia flock to the Cranbourne Racecourse on Tuesday 2 May.
The expo offered high school students an opportunity to learn about and experience a range a different trades and other career paths.
Students were able to get their hands dirty with everything from tinkering with car engines to putting their muscles to the test for sports science.
The expo bought universities, TAFEs, trade specialty schools, youth services and many more together to give students the best start when choosing their future careers.
Students from Hampton Park Secondary College Sarah and Natasha said the expo was an eye-opening experience.
“There are lot of different unis and job opportunities offered to us when graduate,” Sarah said.
“I know I want to be a lawyer but the expo has helped me come up with a back-up plan.”
Natasha said he first impression of the expo was a bit overwhelming, but she quickly got into the swing of it.
“I have been going around and learning more in depth about the different jobs and carers we can go into,” she said.
Linda Rackham has been a careers guidance teacher for 15 years and said the Casey Careers Expo and Try a Trade is a great thing for students to be involved in.
“There are lots of expos like this but this one is unique with hands-on experiences as well,” she said.
“It gives students a good taste of a very wide range of things and they come out a lot more informed, which is fantastic.”
This event is made possible through support from the the City of Casey, Casey Cardinia Shire Council, the South East Local Learning and Employment Network, Cranbourne Racecourse and media partner, Star News Group.
The expo is sponsored by Chisholm, Federation University, Holmesglen, Monash University, VACC, Defence Force Recruiting, VFA Learning and Skillinvest.