Issue 8 - 3 September 2012 enews home

Students explore study options at career expo

By Patrick Nelson

CDU staff field questions at the career expo in Alice Springs

About 650 secondary school students and parents explored study and career options at the annual careers expo in Alice Springs recently, with many making enquiries at Charles Darwin University's information booths.

Student Recruitment Co-ordinator Tanya Weatherstone said enquiries were evenly distributed over many disciplines.

"We responded to questions about nursing degrees, Indigenous language studies, sport and fitness pathways and the trades," she said.

"There was also interest in scholarships, prior learning, our flexible methods of delivery and assessment requirements."

Ms Weatherstone gave a presentation entitled "Change your world with a degree from CDU", in which she provided an overview of the university, the pathways into higher education, the facilities available and the benefits of staying in the Territory and studying at Charles Darwin University."

This was supported by a presentation from Community Engagement Secondary School Outreach Coordinator Anna Cranney, who spoke about the Aspire Scholarship Program, which will come into effect next year. The program will aim to "raise the aspirations" of selected students from NT partner schools so that they may eventually enter into tertiary study.

Business and Information Technology Team Leader Mike Drew said accounting, IT and digital media generated strong interest.

"Most enquiries were from high schoolers and mature-age people already in the workforce, but it was pleasing to see a boy in Grade 7 thinking about his future and asking what he needed to study to become a doctor."

Mr Drew said he talked with people already working in the business environment who wanted to take up studies or formalise their skills.

"Quite often they don't realise that their work skills and life experience can put them within easy reach of a qualification through our recognition of prior learning processes.

"Similarly, those with vocational qualifications can use their certificates or diplomas towards obtaining a higher education qualification."

CDU's Trades Section was clearly identifiable, thanks to a large wooden gateway designed by VET lecturer Rob Tucker and built by carpentry lecturer Jeff Nobbs.

"We had lecturers from construction, electro technology, metal fabrication and welding, and automotive, all kept busy by a broad set of enquiries," he said.

"The Chief Minister stopped by for a chat. He told us about his working life as an apprentice in the marine industry."

The Careers Expo was organised and hosted by St Philip's College.