It’s time for students to face the FACTS

THE gymnasium at Charles Sturt University was a “one-stop shop” for future career and employment opportunities yesterday, as students in their final year of high school took part in the annual Facts About Careers and Tertiary Study (FACTS) Day.

Close to 900 Year 12 students from schools in Bathurst, Lithgow, Kandos, Oberon, Blayney, Cowra, Canowindra, Orange, Molong and Wellington converged on the Bathurst campus for the event.

Students attended a careers expo, then listened to a motivational presentation by keynote speaker Bruce Buchanan from the Orange Business Enterprise Centre.

Organised by the Central West Careers Advisers Association, FACTS Day encourages students to think about the next stage of their lives after high school.

Event co-ordinator Denis Behan – who is the careers adviser at Denison College’s Kelso High campus – said students could access information on courses, early entry opportunities, financial assistance and accommodation options.

“We’ve more than 60 career and employment organisations here today, from universities to employers, TAFE, Centrelink, the Australian Defence Force, and a big presence from private providers as well,” Mr Behan said yesterday. “Really, it’s a one-stop shop for Year 12 students.

“They come here today, talk to these people, ask questions and get follow-up information. This puts a lot of information in one place, and gets them thinking about their options before the pressure really comes on later in the year.”

Mr Behan acknowledged the generous support of Charles Sturt University who provided the venue for the event, but had a large information stand for students to access.

SPOILT FOR CHOICE: Caitlin Byrne and Shaun Van Uum from All Saints’ College weigh up their options at the Newcrest Mining stand, manned by apprentice electrician Heather McKaie and heavy machinery apprentice Justin Julius. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 050913pcareers11

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