Careers day will give high school students glimpse into their future occupations

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St Mary's High student Chloe Malley has her finger plastered by Nathina Monteleone of the Launceston Clinical School.

St Mary’s High student Chloe Malley has her finger plastered by Nathina Monteleone of the Launceston Clinical School.

CRASH COURSE: Kings Meadows students Luke Perkins and Bailey Mitchell make a tool caddy at the Create My Career day at UTAS. Pictures: Paul Scambler

CRASH COURSE: Kings Meadows students Luke Perkins and Bailey Mitchell make a tool caddy at the Create My Career day at UTAS. Pictures: Paul Scambler

Plastered thumbs, bridge building and virtual boat captains were some of the ways Northern grade 9 students dipped their toes into the waters of their future careers.

A joint initiative between the University of Tasmania, TasTAFE and the Education Department, the Creating My Career expo was held at the UTAS Inveresk campus on Friday.

Queechy High students Heidi Cook, Chloe Allen and Jade Clarke with Launceston Cliical School student Luke Yang and Steve the skeleton.

Queechy High students Heidi Cook, Chloe Allen and Jade Clarke with Launceston Cliical School student Luke Yang and Steve the skeleton.

Students select a “career cluster” of their choice, and then take an in-depth look at its associated jobs.

Health was one of the clusters at the expo with UTAS’s School of Medicine showcasing three different health areas – medicine, nursing/allied health, and the disability sector.

Kings Meadows student Kaiden Page tests his sailing ability with AMC naval architect student Jordan Banks.

Kings Meadows student Kaiden Page tests his sailing ability with AMC naval architect student Jordan Banks.

Launceston Clinical School project office Zoe Page said the disability sector was the fastest growing industry at the moment but all three areas suffered from shortages.

“People hold medicine to such high esteem, they think they can’t achieve it,” she said.

The medicine cluster had hands-on activities such as wound care and plastering.

“Everyone loves plastering a finger,” she said.

UTAS Create My Career spokesman Brett Williams said the expo was deliberately targeted at grade 9 students because it helped them with some targeted subject selection.

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