Futures Day goes virtual

La Trobe University and SuniTAFE presented Futures Day at Mildura Senior College this week – virtually!

Futures Day commenced at Mildura Senior College in 2019 and the event uncovers local pathways and career opportunities for Year 12s.  Check out our video of last year’s event.  In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was adapted to feature a series of pre-recorded video interviews with La Trobe and SuniTAFE staff and students.  The videos covered study areas and experiences, pathway options, scholarship and entry schemes and how to apply.

Mildura Senior College teacher Ineke Rogers said the day was more important than ever this year, due to the changes the COVID-19 pandemic had wrought upon the job market.

"We realise it's a special year," she said.

"More students, we feel, will be staying in Sunraysia.  Particularly this year, we're very worried that there will be very few jobs for the kids to go to.  For them to get a job in the future, we really think they have to upskill."

"The object of the day is basically to ensure that every student gets the opportunity to choose a course for themselves which they may take up the following year," Ms Rogers said.

"It's about looking at all different pathway options for them, whether they go to TAFE first, whether they want to do an apprenticeship, or whether they want to go to university, and the courses that are available from both those institutions.

"We're very appreciative of both SuniTAFE and La Trobe for investing the time in the kids."

Ash Ryan, La Trobe University Marketing and Recruitment advisor, said the virtual event was coupled with online Q and A opportunities in real time for students and expo sessions on site at the school during recess and lunchtime.

“The team here in Mildura and Bendigo answered student questions during the information sessions via an interactive audience participation tool - Slido.   The general feeling is many Year 12s want to stay locally next year, so we were especially excited to put this event together this year.

“As a special treat for the Year 12s surviving this year, we gave them all a t-shirt with the slogan ‘Clever is surviving Year 12 in 2020’ on the back.  The t-shirts were a hit and I think the students well and truly earned them, having to navigate Year 12 during remote learning and a global pandemic!”

“This event will be followed by a number of information sessions at the school on our Aspire early entry scheme, pathways, VTAC support sessions, parent information evenings and one on one appointments with students and parents.

“We will continue to partner with SuniTAFE to provide a similar event for St Joseph’s College and Red Cliffs Secondary College.”

Parents and students can book in online for a one on one course appointment by visiting https://now.latrobe/consult

La Trobe’s Open Day this year is also going virtual, with the regional campuses being featured on Sunday 23 August. Learn more by visiting https://www.latrobe.edu.au/openday

Media enquiries
Ashlee Ryan, Advisor, Marketing & Engagement  
T 03 5051 4069 a.ryan2@latrobe.edu.au

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