Explore career options

What path will you choose?: The 2018 Illawarra Schools Careers Expo will be held on Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 at the Illawarra Hockey Stadium, Waples Road, Unanderra.
What path will you choose?: The 2018 Illawarra Schools Careers Expo will be held on Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9 at the Illawarra Hockey Stadium, Waples Road, Unanderra.

The 2018 Illawarra Schools Careers Expo, to be held on May 8 and 9, is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to explore career options across a diverse and comprehensive range of work and education sectors.

The Expo was initiated by a group of dedicated school career advisers back in 1981 and run by the Illawarra Career Advisers Network. 

This year, Workplace Learning have taken on organising the Expo. “We are very excited as we have a record number of exhibitors and expect more than 4000 students to attend,” Workplace Learning CEO, Leanne Grogan said.

“Choosing a career path can be challenging - just deciding whether to go directly to a job or opt for further study can be a difficult decision to make. Having access to relevant information is essential. This is why the Expo is so important, it is bringing together in one place over 100 representatives from the majority of industry and further education sectors, it provides an opportunity to access current information.”

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Exhibitors at the Expo will include these sectors:

  • Aged Care/Nursing/Health/Medical 
  • Agriculture/Horticulture/Animal Care 
  • Apprenticeships/Traineeships   
  • Automotive/Transport    
  • Aviation/Air Transport     
  • Beauty/Hairdressing
  • Building/Construction  
  • Business/Finance/Professional Services       
  • Computers/Game Design/IT  
  • Design – Arts/Graphic/Visual/Fashion/Interior        
  • Education/Teaching/Childcare  
  • Electrical     
  • Engineering/Mining/Manufacturing      
  • GAP Year
  • Hospitality/Events/Tourism
  • HSC Advice
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Music/Dance/Entertainment
  • Police/Defence/Emergency Services
  • Politics/Humanities/International Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Sport/Recreation
  • TV/Film/Entertainment
  • Universities/TAFE/Colleges
  • Welfare/Social Work

Parents and the public can attend the two-hour session on Tuesday afternoon, May 8, between 3pm-5pm, to chat to exhibitors plus attend three special presentations:

  • What qualities and skills are employers looking for
  • The ATAR and applying through UAC
  • Using virtual reality to deliver experiential learning

Sponsors for this year’s Expo include NSW Department of Education, University of Wollongong, TAFE NSW, Excelsia College, BlueScope, South32 Illawarra Coal and Defence Force Recruiting. The Expo will be held at Illawarra Hockey Stadium, Waples Road, Unanderra. For up-to-date information ‘like’ them at: facebook.com/IllawarraSchoolsCareersExpo

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