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Future study, training and job options were the topics of discussion for about 140 students who attended the SACE Aboriginal Student Pathways Conference this month.

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The Year 10, 11 and 12 students came from across South Australia for the conference, with Catholic colleges including St Paul’s, Marcellin Technical, Blackfriars, Kildare and Loreto represented.

Hosted by SACE and held at the Tonsley centre, this year’s conference had a theme of ‘Respect your place: value our future’. Students attending were able to meet with representatives from universities, TAFE and various industries ranging from paramedics, game development, nanotechnology and visual effects.

Last year a record number of Aboriginal students successfully completed their SACE and as SACE Board chief executive Neil McGoran explained, the conference helps students investigate how they can achieve their goals.

“The Aboriginal Student Pathways Conference aims to develop the strengths and capabilities of young Aboriginal students in the SACE and supports students to position themselves for the future and for careers in an ever-changing world,” he said.

The students attending the conference said it was a great motivator.

“There were a lot of guest speakers who came in. When they spoke about never under-estimating yourself…that was really inspiring,” said Loreto student Narsheka-Sian Jones.

Fellow student, Josie Ager-McConnell, also found the day worthwhile.

“I’ve always been interested in uni and education. It is really good to hear how your passions can relate to your degree and your career. A lot of the time I have trouble connecting the two. It was really beneficial to me.”

BELOW: Learning about paramedics as a career were Kildare College students Mischa Davey (left) and Shara Davey.


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