This week, in the theme of Future’s Week and the Subject Expo, I have gathered some great inspiration and advice from our very enthusiastic teacher; Mr Evans, Outdoor Education and Our World Teacher at Senior School.
“My favourite subjects whilst at school were English, Maths, French, Biology and Physics. Strangely I got turned off Geography in Year 9 by a terrible teacher…. Even though that’s the subject that would have prepared me best for studying Outdoor Education at University!
I started a science degree straight after school, but it wasn’t a good idea and I only completed the first semester. I spent the next 5 years working in agriculture, business, mining, retail, maintenance and construction in Queensland, NSW, WA and SA. I wasn’t itinerant, I just moved as opportunities presented themselves. I had one job for two and a half years – a great opportunity in a small construction company that took me into management. With each change, I reflected on what I wanted in the way of work and I was never out of work for more than a week or two. When I was 19, I had a conversation with a friend which set me on the idea of pursuing Outdoor Ed. It was at the same time as that construction opportunity came up, so I “lost the track I was supposed to be on” for a few years. It didn’t matter though … My Dad has commented that during those years, he never worried about my apparent “lack of direction” because I was always doing something.
I wish I had sought more advice from a broader range of sources about what to do after Year 12 while I was still at school. The VTAC guide DOES NOT contain all of the options for life after Year 12.
My advice to students about their careers is to talk to people at every opportunity about it – everyone will have advice for you and you never know which conversation will steer you onto a good path. If you don’t like your situation - and you have given it a really good shot - change it. I know you have heard this a lot, but study something you are really interested in – even if you can’t see the immediate career opportunities that will come from it. Once you are in that course, you’ll have access to people who have graduated from it and then you’ll be able to imagine where you could end up. There is so much more to work than the job title, the daily tasks and the pay packet - find out what a job is really like. (Will you be working alone or in a team? Do you believe in the core business of the workplace? Etc…) Look for a workplace that shares your worldview, your values and your priorities – that will be a fulfilling place to work.”
Thankyou Mr Evans for sharing your interesting story with us!
In other campus news, House events are starting to gear up, with the English and Math competition (affectionately called “Nerd Comp”) taking place next week, as well as Drama and Wearable Art prep already underway.
Happy Week 3 everyone,