The Geraldton Iron Ore Alliance Mid West Career Expo is over for another year, but the success of the event continues on. Two lucky students from Geraldton Senior College were the recipients of Expo prizes kindly sponsored by local organisations.
Leading up to the Expo, an online competition gave youth aged between 13 to 21 years old the opportunity to express their dream job as part of the Expo’s drive to engage youth on its website. From those entries, Melur Brian had the winning entry which was drawn at random to win the Dream Job competition.
GCo Electrical sponsored this prize for the third consecutive year. A variety of dream jobs were registered ranging from traditional careers such as marine biologist, chemical engineer and computer technician to those in the education and training industry such as Teacher’s Assistant which was the winning entry of Melur Brian.
GCo Electrical’s Andrew Criddle said the Expo was a great way for young people to sample employment opportunities and training programs available all in one place on one day.
“GCo Electrical set up an interactive work station from one of its mobile vans which allowed Expo visitors to see exactly what equipment was used by GCo Electrical employees out in the field.”
(L-R) Melur Brian - Student,Andrew Criddle - GCo Electrical (Sponsor of prize), Garry Simmons - Principal Geraldton Senior College
Another one of the highlights at the Expo was the opportunity for any Expo visitor to win an iPad after searching for the answers from exhibitors to clues in their Expo Treasure Hunt map.
This competition sponsored once again this year by the Geraldton Universities Centre, has been a continual attraction of Expo visitors. The lucky winner drawn at random from nearly 500 entries was Brettina Abbott from Geraldton Senior College.
Natalie Nelmes from Geraldton Universities Centre said the Expo Passport was a great ‘icebreaking’ tool to engage visitors with representatives from business and industry.
“Students in particular found it easier to approach exhibitors and ask questions about jobs and training after they had to search for the treasure hunt clues,” Ms Nelmes said.
“There was an abundance of career related information focused on helping students to make decisions about further study and career pathways including our display about pathways to university, so the Expo Treasure Hunt was definitely a good way to assist the flow of communication.”
(L-R) Garry Simmons - Principal Geraldton Senior College, Brettina Abbott - Student, Natalie Nelmes - Geraldton Universities Centre (Sponsor of prize)