More than 400 seek guidance from industry professionals
CHOOSING what to do when you finish school can be one of the hardest decisions to make in life.
More than 400 students from 11 Ipswich schools were given a helping hand in making their decision at the seventh annual Your Strategies And Choices Student Conference.
The conference was held last week at Catalyst Church Ipswich, Brassall.
Students were greeted by industry professionals from Bremer TAFE, University of Southern Queensland, University of Queensland and military forces, among others, there to give advice and insight into what each pathway can offer.
Program Co-ordinator for the Youth Support co-ordinator Initiative of Ipswich Community Service Sarah Lehman said the conference is all about providing options for the students.
"We just want students to know there are so many options out there for them," she said.
"A lot of them don't know about the pathways they can choose.
"It's really good for students to know it's not just uni or it's not just TAFE.
"I think it just gets their mind going about what they're actually capable of."
Tianah Porter and Danny Tauai, both aged 15 from Redbank Plains State High School, said they thought the day was helpful.
"I like the advice about our futures - how we can do apprenticeships and how to get into TAFE," Tianah said.
"I don't know what I want to do and it's really helping me understand my options more."
Danny said the conference offered students lots of opportunities to see what careers were available.
"You can feel confident talking to the industry professionals."