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​For 26 of our Year 9 and 10 students the opportunity to visit the University of Southern Queensland’s annual Careers Day on June 9 was too good to miss, and proved worthwhile for all.


USQ promoted the event as an opportunity for young people to explore post-school options. The new format for the day had a renewed focus on career skills and how to secure a job -  for first time job seekers.

More than 800 students from around the Downs converged on USQ’s Toowoomba campus and during the day each visitor chose two disciplines to explore.  They engaged in hands-on sessions, took part in a campus tour and checked out the interactive career market. They also enjoyed the contents of 450 boxes of pizza delivered to the university at lunchtime.

Throughout the day students had opportunity to speak with USQ academics, current students, local businesses and industry representatives about study and career experiences. TAFE and the Defence Force were also represented on the day.

One of the main objectives of the Careers Day was to assist students in their choice of appropriate subjects for Year 11 that would set them on a path to their preferred career options.

Year 10 Oakey student Kayli Milne valued the experience and is now aware of the pathways available to her to access university studies in Physiotherapy.

“I attended the ‘Pathways to University’ session and the Defence Force presentation and found that I can get into university through the Defence Force to study Physiotherapy. The day was helpful and I definitely benefitted from attending. It has cemented by confidence in my future and helped me decide on what subjects I need to choose for Year 11,” Kayli said.

Kayli is looking forward to her Work Experience with Bodyfit Physio in August.

Jolie Williamson attended last year’s USQ Careers Day as well as the recent event. During the day she attended sessions in Psychology and Nursing & Midwifery, and had opportunity to do some personality analysis during the Psychology session which affirmed her interest in this vocation. She is now keen to pursue a career in Psychology.

“The day was very helpful for cementing future goals and exploring pathways after school. I attended the day as a Year 9 student last year and thanks to these opportunities I am keen to move into Psychology when I finish high school”, Jolie reflected.

Jolie is looking forward to doing her work experience at Oakey State School, and particularly helping with music.