Students start career conversations and link with experts at Careers for Youth night


Some 200 students, parents and carers attended Campbelltown Performing Arts High School (CPAHS) recently to learn more about life after school.

Rose Vujcic, Careers Advisor from CPAHS kicked off the night with an informative talk on where to start. Questions like “What inspires you”, “What are you good at”, “What lifestyle do you want” were put to the audience. Vital information on where the jobs are and the many pathways available were presented.

Kathryn Taylor from Turning Point Consulting spoke about essential job skills such as being punctual and flexible and advised participants to start volunteering, seeking work experience and looking for casual work.

Maxine Colligan inspired the group with her career journey. At just 21 Maxine is a third-year apprentice and has become a legendry spray painter that will take her to Russia later this year to compete in the 2019 WorldSkills Competition.  Maxine’s advice was simple “Just give it a go. Take the leap and see where it takes you.”

Most young people are not quite sure of where to start their career journey, whilst others know exactly what they want to do.  Our final speaker Scott Meechan always wanted to join the Police Force. He is now a Plain Clothes Senior Constable and Manager of Evolation Learning. His advice was “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. Keep moving forward.”

L to R: Dr David Williams (MWLP), Maxine Colligan, Kathryn Taylor, Rose Vujcic and Scott Meechan

Amelia Barron is from Sarah Redfern High and attended with mum Sarah. Amelia is in Year 10 and wants to commence an apprenticeship in either Hairdressing or Construction on completion of school this year. She connected with the Australian Defence Force who offer 27 trades and apprenticeships. Amelia also spoke with My Gateway and Sarina Russo and received a wealth of information. She is now eager to attend our upcoming Jobs for Youth Night on July 29 and is organising work experience to help her make the right decision.

L to R: Sarah Merchel, Amelia Barron and Dan Thompson (Defence Force Recruiting)

Jaden Whitehead is in Year 10 at Mount Annan High. He is considering a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SBAT) and is looking at either a TAFE or University pathway. He is interested in electrical engineering and IT design and software. Jaden said “The night was great. I really enjoyed the speakers and I have spoken to many of the exhibitors. There’s been a lot of information.”

L to R: Jaden Whitehead with dad Mark and Emma Taylor from My Gateway

Rachelle Parker is in Year 9 at Picton High and attended with sister Caitlyn (year 8), mum Tammy and dad Dan.

They were all very impressed with the night and can now make more informed choices regarding subject selection. Rachelle is looking to become a Teacher whilst Caitlyn is considering Law. Dan said “I wish these kind of nights were around when I was at school. We want our kids to have a better future and this is a great way to start”.

L to R: Rachelle and Dan Parker, Kevin Dunne (Training Services NSW), Chad Smith (1300 Apprentice), Caitlyn and Tammy Parker

MWLP hosted with night with assistance from our valued sponsors The MAC (Macarthur Credit Union), My Gateway and in-kind sponsors Campbelltown Performing Arts High School and CAMS (Careers Advisors Macarthur Schools).

Hospitality students from CPAHS prepared and cooked delicious snacks and provided guests with great coffee and other refreshments.

MWLPs CEO Dr David M Williams said “It was inspiring to hear the feedback from guests tonight and to be able to provide a much sought-after service. Our vision is to start career conversations as young as possible and to see Year 8 students here tonight is a definite step in the right direction.”

About MWLP:

MWLP is a not-for-profit community organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email

22 May 2019