Students plot career path at careers expo

TWO hundred students arrived in waves at The Pavilion during yesterday's 2015 Gympie Regional Careers Expo.

In its seventh year, the careers expo gave Gympie regional secondary students a chance to weigh up their future options.

Gympie Regional Council events co-ordinator Matt Allard oversaw the organisation of the expo, involving students, parents and general jobseekers in the community.

"We have every school here today as well as the public and about 50 exhibitors," Mr Allard said.

"There are local businesses as well as training providers and universities."

Mr Allard's job was tied to youth development but he is now two months into his event co-ordinator role.

"I get goose bumps thinking about all the opportunities we have in once place," he said.

"I hope it gives the students confidence to ask questions and make decisions."

One such student making decisions yesterday was Tin Can Bay P-10's Sarah Barry.

She hopes to become a secondary teacher in drama and music and yesterday had a list of questions.

Classmate Beth Wight, meanwhile, had a more open approach, content to look around and see what opportunities existed.

Helping students remain engaged yesterday was a questionnaire based on numerous exhibitors.

Completed entries went into a barrel with a GoPro HD Hero4 Camera, two 16GB Apple iPod touch devices and four $250 Blue Logic Studios vouchers on offer as prizes.

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