MAYBE it was all the free pens, stickers and booklets but students at yesterday’s Gympie Regional Careers Expo seemed to have a good time.
With more than 50 exhibitors on hand, including top universities and training providers, the students weren’t lacking in choice.
Yet some seemed overwhelmed with all the different careers on offer from building and construction to film and television and found it hard to make a decision then and there on what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives.
But for James Nash State High student Lily Menzies, journalism was one career path that really appealed.
Lily said she liked writing and planned on going to university, when she happened to stop by The Gympie Times stand yesterday.
Her friend and fellow James Nash student Rachel Robertson said she would love to be on TV and present a show like ‘Getaway’ or become a make-up artist.
For Rachel, the expo provided a lot of opportunities to learn about different careers.
Mia Hollis, also from James Nash, agreed, saying the expo was well planned and she was gathering information on different universities.
Another James Nash student, Eve Anderson, said the exhibitors were well set up and the expo encouraged her to ask about what career paths were available.
Expo organiser and Gympie Regional Council Youth and Community Development Officer Matt Allard said he thought the expo was fantastic.
“It’s better than expected, flowing really well and exhibitors are happy the students are interacting,” he said.
The goal, he said, was to step up the expo each year; something he has done in securing more exhibitors.
Gympie Regional Councillor Rae Gate said she thought it was great council was involved in running the expo, saying it assisted youth in the region to find the right career.
“Last year’s event went well, this year’s is even better,” she said.
Cr Gate said she thought getting Queensland universities involved this year was really important for the region’s students.
One of the more high-tech stands at the expo was from Construction Skills Queensland who brought in an excavator simulator, which was popular according to representative Russell Hollins.
He said it was important for students to get interested in the construction industry to ensure its future. And he noticed more girls than boys had enquired about how to get into the industry.