Whitney Ballinger, a Year 12 Maryborough High student went to the Maryborough Jobmart with an open mind on her future.
Whitney Ballinger, a Year 12 Maryborough High student went to the Maryborough Jobmart with an open mind on her future.

Students attend Jobmart

JUST a couple of minutes at the police recruiting stand was enough to confirm for teenager Carla Barber what she has known for a long time.

When school and university are done and dusted, she wants to work in the police force.

Her investigative instincts and interest in forensics have been nudging her in that direction for some time and Sergeant Mike Donnelly's words of wisdom at Maryborough's Jobmart offered further evidence for her case.

“We always need guidance with life and which career to follow,” the 17-year-old St Mary's College student said yesterday.

“There is some uncertainty at this time of life and have pathways to follow is great. So the Jobmart is great for people my age.”

Carla was one of many young people supported by a parent yesterday as the Brolga Theatre foyer buzzed with focused, determined, young people.

Gerard O'Connell, one of the organisers of the annual employer showcase, said the 2010 version was “a fraction bigger and better” than previous years.

“We started it early and they came early,” he said.

“We opened the doors at three o'clock and there were people waiting outside from 10 to three.”

Mr O'Connell was impressed with the numbers that came armed with resumes.

One particularly focused young man, who targeted a fitting and turning traineeship, had emailed his resume to the MRAEL Group in advance and followed up with a phone call. Then he attended the Jobmart with his mother.

“He played a very proactive role,” Stacey Foster of MRAEL said.

“He had sought me out before during work experience and he has followed through.”



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