25 August 2023

Careers fair returns to inspire the next generation at NPA school

| Chisa Hasegawa
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5 NPA State College students are standing side by side to the right of the frame as they smile at the camera. Behind them to their left is a sign that reads "Northern Peninsula Area College: a place for lifelong learning.

NPA State College students are excited to explore their future after high school. Left to right: Pelerina Bagie, Betty Sagigi, Devon Gebadi, Deandra Idai, Harminey Poi-Poi.

NORTHERN Peninsula Area State College will host a careers fair for students for the first time in around a decade.

Staff hope it will help senior students in Bamaga learn about a variety of future pathways, including tertiary education and jobs, straight out of high school.

NPA State College senior campus guidance officer Anna Neynens said that it would be a vital day for students to engage with different organisations that they would not normally have access to.

“I would love for them to walk away with a sense of confidence and a greater sense of clarity around which direction they wish to go when they finish school,” she said.

In such a remote community, students have little opportunity to be exposed to organisations and pathways outside of their immediate area due to logistical challenges.

Ms Neynens said that experiences like excursions were rare and difficult, resulting in many students being unfamiliar with the options available to them.

“We really want our students to see a wide range of industries and meet a wide variety of people and feel comfortable in various environments,” she said.

NPA State College school captain Betty Sagigi is aiming to study nursing in university after school, so is excited to see the university stalls that will be available at the fair.

“It’ll be wonderful,” she said.

Organisations attending the fair will be a mix of both local and statewide to show students a range of future pathways available to them.

NPA State College have locked down organisations in arts and culture, health, mining, universities and TAFE, as well as the Australian Defence Force.

The career fair will be held on Wednesday, September 6 from 9am to 3pm.

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