Careers Showcase: Aviation and Aerospace Industries

Mr Mike Halpin – VET Coordinator

On Monday 8 May, as the culmination to the Year 10 Careers Education Program, TSS in conjunction with Aerospace Gateway Schools Project, hosted the inaugural Careers Showcase in the exciting world of Aviation and Aerospace.

The Gateway Schools Project is a joint venture between schools interested in Aviation and Aerospace Studies and industry partners, such as major airlines, aeronautical engineering firms, airport corporations and many other associated bodies.

We were very fortunate to have the coordinator, Ms Harrison-Hart, offer her services to provide the expert staff for the Showcase. The 12 exhibitors and 6 panellists are all heavily involved in the Aviation industries and the boys were fortunate to have their inside knowledge on which to draw. The exhibitors included: flight and engineering staff from Airbus, Virgin Australia, Airways Aviation, the Defence Force and QG Air Rescue. The massive Boeing Corporation sent representatives, along with GC Airports and Avisure, the company responsible for minimising the risk of contact between wildlife and aircraft. Drone technology is emerging as a major tool in so many fields and we were lucky to have UAV Ops demonstrate their simulator and talk about obtaining a drone licence and possible careers.

Two universities offer courses in Aviation and associated fields. We thank UQ and USQ for attending and for sharing their information with the boys… who knows where this chat might lead?

We hope that the boys appreciated the enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise of these generous, passionate people. For some students, it is possible that the seeds of a future career were planted, as their opportunities and pathways were explained. We trust that every boy gained something from the experience, especially the Year 10s, who begin the SET Plan (Senior Education and Training Plan) interviews next week, with a view to making wise decisions in their subject selections for the final two years of schooling.

Year 12s will soon choose their tertiary courses through QTAC, so it makes sense to have thought seriously about the end career goals before making this selection. Year 11s are 15 months away from being in the same situation. We hope that all of our boys set realistic tertiary and career goals, based on an understanding of themselves, their interests and strengths. Participation in career expos must surely be a useful tool in this endeavour.

Many thanks to Ms Harrison-Hart and the many exhibitors for giving their valuable time, in providing our boys with this opportunity to explore the careers available, in the exciting world of aviation and aerospace technology.



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