Searching for a career

KRYSTIE Le Bherz took a practical approach to exploring her job options at today’s Careers Expo at the Gympie Civic Centre.

The Year 9 student from Kilkivan tried her hand at bricklaying – one of a range of trades on display.

The event gives a platform for organisations to present real jobs, career pathways and further education opportunities to hundreds of Gympie region high school students.

“I’ve always been interested in how bricks are laid,” Krystie said, as she placed her first brick.

“There’s a lot of good information here and a trade does interest me.”

The expo was producing real results, said racehorse trainer and jockey Desiree Gill, who was there representing Racing Queensland.

“A young lass who approached us last year with an interest in the racing industry has gone right through the initial traineeship program,” Ms Gill said.

Billy Rose Derbyshire will ride her first race on her hometown track this Saturday. Billy Rose caught the racing bug when she jumped on Tim, Racing Queensland’s racehorse simulator.

James Nash State High Year 11 co-ordinator Donna Johnston said students always found the excursion very informative.

“It is very helpful – especially for those kids who aren’t sure about what they want to do. It opens their eyes to jobs they haven’t even thought of,” she said.

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