The recent Skills Employment & Careers Expo in Darwin gave our Dripstone Stars an opportunity to explore tertiary and vocational education options and learn about employment and career opportunities both near and far.
The girls enjoyed exploring the hospitality industry stand, where they were able to test their cupcake icing skills with the convention centre catering division. Turns out, icing cupcakes is much harder than it looks!
They also spent some time speaking to the NT Police and learning about the various jobs that are available, including auxiliary services, youth engagement and Aboriginal community policing roles.
One of their last stops was the Australian Defence Force stand, where they discovered a ‘Gap Year’ program that allows ‘recruits’ to try out the armed forces for one year on a paid scholarship. The girls couldn’t believe the broad range of opportunities in the ADF, ranging from engineers, pilots and infantry to cooking for the troops as a chef!
One of our Stars, who is already actively involved with Defence as a participant in the Cadets Program, encouraged her fellow Stars to jump on board, explaining the various outdoor camps and fun weekly obstacle courses she completes as part of her involvement in the program.
The expo was a wonderful chance for our young women to check out the the various university and vocational pathways open to them and are now eager to prepare for the next chapter in their educational journey.