ABOUT 1500 students from the Ballarat region planned for their futures yesterday by attending the ‘My Life My Career Expo’ at Bray Raceway.
The Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network hosted the day, with students travelling from as far away as Bacchus Marsh and Beaufort.
Event organiser Brendan O’Connell said the day was a great way to prepare young people to make the transition to higher education or the workforce.
“We have almost 60 stalls ranging from educational providers to industry bodies,” he said.
Ballarat Secondary College teacher Glenn Oarr said it was great for his students to talk directly to employers, learning some tips and tricks to getting their foot in the door.
“It’s a great day for students to validate the choices they’re making, to talk about their possible careers with people in the industry,” Mr Oarr said.
“It’s also a bit of motivation to work towards their goals.”
Traineeship consultant for the AFL’s ‘sportsready’ program, Eloise Southby-Halbish, said the expo was a great way to promote the program to young people.
“We offer a lot of traineeships and apprenticeships that go beyond the on-field component,” Ms Southby-Halbish said.
“The exhibition is a great way to let young people know about our programs and that it’s not just the AFL.”