Endless opportunities for these Dalby students
STUDENTS from Our Lady of the Southern Cross College will now be able to access their future career paths from home through an online platform.
The college’s career development practitioner Libby Baxter, said that while the move online was scary at first, the results speak for themselves.
“We really had to rethink how we do careers week in general,” Ms Baxter said.
“Every year we run a careers in action day that runs for the whole day for grades 6 to 12.
“We have local businesses come out, universities, different trades and occupations who come out and give the students a hands on experience.
“Obviously COVID has put a stop to that.”
Since the lockdown restrictions began, the Nicholson Street college has proven to be one step ahead of the game, moving their curriculum online to ensure that no students misses a beat.
“Using our online program called CANVAS we were able to develop our pathways and careers page which contains links to all the universities and course guides.
“The students have really gotten behind it because it is a one-stop shop and it also allows parents to sit down with their kids and really take the time with all of the options that are out there.
“Before all of this, everyone was living life at a hundred miles an hour where as now, I have had a lot more parents come to me with questions which has honestly been beautiful.
“We were really concerned that the kids wouldn’t get as much out of careers week this year but the feedback we have been getting from both them and their parents has actually been out of this world.”
The staff at Our Lady have also embraced careers week this year, by creating a ‘how we got here’ posters for students to read.
“A lot of the time there is this illusion that we have always wanted to be teachers but I think there is one person on that wall of seventeen that wanted to be a teacher when they were younger.
“We plan on moving the posters throughout the school so the younger grades can have a look because it makes our teachers real.
“We really want to break that stigma of ‘make sure you have your life planned out by the time you finish year 12’ because it’s not real life.
“All we want is for our kids to explore the endless possibilities that are out there.”