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University of Newcastle joins virtual careers expo


The University of Newcastle is taking part in an innovative new careers expo, which is taking students online to find the information needed to plan their future study.

Student success company, InspirED has recruited universities, the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC), New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) and TAFE to take part in the virtual event, which runs from 27 – 31 May.

From their ‘virtual booths,’ advisers will take one-on-one questions via chat and video chat on courses, early entry, and scholarships.

Trudy Noller, Community Engagement Manager from UAC tells Newcastle Weekly it has been holding Facebook live events to try and meet the demand for questions from students and parents.

“The HSC and Beyond Virtual Careers Expo will help us reach as many students as possible,” she says.

“We encourage all students and parents to take advantage of the opportunity as there’s no substitute for being informed at a time when there’s a lot of uncertainty and confusion.”

As well as accessing free virtual lectures from senior teachers and markers on exam success and remote learning advice, students will be able to receive tips for building resilience during this stressful time.

Renee De Laine, mother of Year 12 student, Alex, says the event is a great opportunity to help students make important decisions about their future.

“As parents, we’re really concerned our kids are going to miss out on HSC preparation, as well as not being able to get critical information about courses and careers. It’s such a stressful time.

“We are definitely attending the expo, my son needs it as he has no idea what he wants to study” Ms De Laine says.

Shane Hardcastle, co-founder of InspirED said the expo aims to put students in rural areas on par with their regional counterparts.

 “We’re particularly excited to give students in remote or regional parts of New South Wales the opportunity to access the same information as those in urban areas,” he said.

So far, over 60,000 students representing 300 New South Wales schools have signed up.

Click here to sign-up.

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