On Thursday the 21st of July, Capital Bluestone & the Cronulla Sharks hosted the second annual Broaden Your Horizons Careers Fair at the Cronulla Sharks Leagues Club Auditorium. With the Sutherland Shire Council and the Sutherland Shire Business Chambers support, the initiative was a great success.
There were over 20 different industries, 95 stall holders and 5 major universities present at the event. This year held a more diverse and exciting range of industries from last year as well as more interactive activities for the students.
Managing director of Capital Bluestone, Ben Fairfax, said this year’s fair was popular among youth in the region. “We wanted to make sure students could get a real insight into the day-to-day activities in a range of professions and industries,” he said. “From 360-degree augmented reality goggles to spark their interest in innovation, to physical exercises with trainers, students gained hands-on experience and insight that will hopefully help set them on a prosperous career path.”
Over 600 year 10 students from 4 local schools attended the event to learn about a broad range of careers and to speak to professionals about their industries. Over the two hour period, students were able to ask questions, gather information about numerous career paths and speak to professionals about what it is really like to work in the industry.
Students were given the chance to provide feedback on the fair and go in the draw to win a signed Sharks jersey. Over 200 students entered and the feedback from this year’s event has been fantastic.
Over 92% of students said they enjoyed the fair and 91% said they would recommend other students attend.
This Careers Fair is about giving students the opportunity to learn about a new career they may not have considered before or learn more about a career they are interested in.
Cronulla High student Ellie Esquilant said that the fair helped her narrow down her career choices.
“I’m deciding between three different paths so it’s given me more of an insight into what each career is going to be like and what one I might excel at,” she said. “We have to choose our electives in the coming weeks for next year and today helped show us what subjects are really going to help us.”
The feedback from the students was great in this regard. 85% of students said they learnt about a new career they hadn’t considered before and 78% said they found out even more about an industry they were already interested in.
Sutherland Shire mayor Carmelo Pesce says it is important to set students up with the knowledge and direction needed to help them pursue employment or education opportunities. “It was great to see how many opportunities are out there for young people as they prepare to enter the workforce,” he said.
Providing knowledge and education to the future generations is very important to the local community and Capital Bluestone values and knows the importance of these initiatives. Capital Bluestone will continue to support and help grow the local community down at the Woolooware Bay development.
Next year’s event will see an even broader range of industries and more schools offered the opportunity to attend.