AMBITIOUS STUDENTS: Faith Cottier, Joshua Malone, and Kaylah McLaughlin took advantage of the Jobs and Training Fair to learn what they could about different industries and study options.
AMBITIOUS STUDENTS: Faith Cottier, Joshua Malone, and Kaylah McLaughlin took advantage of the Jobs and Training Fair to learn what they could about different industries and study options. Meg Gannon

Students look into future career prospects

THE future looks to be in very safe hands - a sentiment revealed at the Jobs and Training Fair held at Dalby's PCYC.

High school students were invited to the PCYC on Wednesday afternoon to explore their post-school options, with graduation and uni applications slowly but surely creeping up.

One of the key messages promoted at the fair was the notion that university was not the "be all and end all”, according to Chamber of Commerce president Rohan May.

"The big piece is that we make sure we give kids all the options,” Mr May said.

"University and tertiary studies are pushed, but there are also jobs in such a range of industries.

"People can stay local, earn while they learn.

"Days like today are so important in bringing school leavers, businesses, and training groups together.”

Mr May believes there's no such thing as being too prepared, or looking for options too early, urging school leavers to make a good, positive impression regardless of the path they choose to take down the track.

"Make a considered choice, and make sure you get all the options,” Mr May said.

"Talk to the employers, they're always happy to talk to people.

"Days like today make it easy, but show up job ready, focussed, and put your best foot forward always.”

General Manager for Oakey Beef Exports Pat Gleeson offered one simple piece of advice for youngsters looking to kickstart their career immediately after graduation.

"The first thing I ask is do they turn up every day,” Mr Gleeson said.

"That's the number one question and the number one answer.

"From there it's about being courteous and being a part of the team.

"We'll go out of our way to support them go up the ladder in whichever field they want - if they do right by the company.”


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