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USQ Careers Day inspires high school students

Springfield Central SHS students Shelton Engelbrecht, Dominic Richardson, Ethan Gallagher and Alexander Oelkers.

“How is a degree going to change your life” was the question USQ nursing lecturer Aletha Ward posed to more than 300 high school students at USQ Ipswich on June 9

The 2014 USQ Professional Alumnus of the Year winner was the guest speaker at this year’s Careers Day.

The event was an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to visit the campus, experience university life and explore post-school career and study options at USQ.

Ms Ward, a registered nurse who is passionate about building clinical workforces in regional areas, told the auditorium packed with students it was not too soon for them to be thinking about their future career aspirations.

“Education is the foundation on which you build the rest of your life,” she said.

“It is important you keep an open mind and that you are willing to adapt and change when it comes to your career choices.”

Ms Ward’s words echoed around the campus as students participated in a range of interactive sessions, designed to spark their interest in different career fields and help them choose their subjects for senior high school.

Students also had the opportunity to speak with USQ academics, current students and industry professionals about their own experiences, as well as representatives from TAFE Queensland and the Australian Defence Force.

Springfield Central State High School student Ethan Gallagher visited USQ Ipswich to find out more about study options in paramedicine.

“It was a great experience because it gave me an idea of what to expect and some of the prerequisites I need to study paramedicine,” he said.

“Since I was seven I have wanted to work in emergency services and save people’s lives, so it was very interesting to learn about what career opportunities a tertiary education can lead to and the benefits of studying at USQ.”

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Schools that attended included: St Mary's College Ipswich; Staines Memorial College; Redbank Plains State High School; Brisbane Bayside State College; Springfield Central SHS; Bremer SHS; Forest Lake SHS; Beaudesert SHS; and Emmaus College.