1500 high school students flocked to UQ for Careers That Shape The World.
1500 high school students flocked to UQ for Careers That Shape The World.
12 July 2016

Almost 1500 high school students have flocked to The University of Queensland St Lucia campus today for the annual Careers That Shape The World experience.

Office of Prospective Students and Student Equity (OPSSE) Acting Director Steve Forster said the event was an important “ideas trigger” for students.

“The day attracts students from all over Queensland and offers them an eye-opening look at a whole world of career options,” he said.

“Students get to explore the St Lucia campus and, more importantly, discover more about their post-university career opportunities.

“Workshops and seminars hosted by UQ alumni, academic staff and industry leaders are tailored to exploring future career options."

In order to attend the Careers That Shape The World event, many students faced the prospect of travelling great distances from across Queensland and have been able to do so with the support of sponsorship from UQ.

Education Queensland Central Queensland guidance officer Mr Matt Martin brought fifteen Clermont State High School students to the event.

He said their 1900km round trip was supported by a $2000 sponsorship from UQ.

“We are thrilled to have been given support to be able to make the journey to UQ,” he said. 

“This is a rare opportunity for the students to come to the city and be exposed to such a big array of career choices, including some even I would not have considered.

“This is the first time that Clermont students have participated in such a trip.

“We wanted them to have access and understanding of what’s on offer in south-east Queensland in terms of tertiary study options."

The event is designed to trigger students’ imaginations and show them the amazing array of career options available to them.

“Negotiating their way around Brisbane using public transport and just experiencing what Brisbane has to offer will have them better placed to decide whether Brisbane and the Gold Coast is right for them when they decide on a future career path,” Mr Martin said.

Careers That Shape The World was part of a thought-provoking four-day career exploration for the Clermont students, who will meet engineers, midwives, a property valuer, criminology student and a lawyer; as well as academics from across the university.

Media: communications@uq.edu.au, 07 3346 7887.