On the market for career

THOUSANDS of high school students gathered at the University of Western Sydney last week searching for guidance on what to do with their futures.

Robyn Elks from the Nepean Careers Forum said around 6000 year 10 and 12 students from western Sydney attended the Nepean Careers Market last Thursday and Friday.

"It is an excellent opportunity for students to examine the training and employment opportunities available in the career that they are interested in," Ms Elks said.

"You get students who go along because they have no idea what they want to do and they come away with something they can then look into further."

The careers market featured NSW universities, TAFE colleges, private colleges, apprenticeship providers, exchange programs and various other organisations.

Year 12 St Dominic's College student Daniel Hill said it was beneficial for students who have some idea about what they want to do after school and those who have no idea at all.

"It's been good to see what's out there and what the universities are offering with the different courses," the 17 year old said.

"Some people are lazy and don't go out looking on their own so this helps them get out there."

Laura Fenech from Caroline Chisolm High School said it was a chance to gather information on apprenticeships and TAFE opportunities for those who don't want to go to university.

"You get all the information you need and it helps you set up your future and there are young people here that can relate to us and have been in our situation," the aspiring pastry chef said.

Ms Elks said feedback on this year's market was very positive.

"I had kids coming up to me saying 'now I know what I want to do' or 'I didn't know I could do that', which was great."

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