The HYPA Works team recently hosted part of ‘Careers Week’ with Thomas More College and the students had a great time learning about potential career paths from industry experts in the areas of finance, technology, retail and hospitality.

Many high schools are shifting from the traditional week long work-experience model to a Careers Week format to offer young people broader insights into different industries.

The finance tour started at the ANZ Bank where the young people learnt about roles in international, corporate and retail banking from employees at various stages of their career. The Department of Treasury showcased the great opportunities currently available in the government, including training and internships. William Buck Chartered Accountants shared their wealth of knowledge and expertise in the world of accounting and advisory and Accodex Partners gave insights into their unique business model and their entrepreneurial spirit that has driven their international expansion and success.

Young people on the technology tour were abuzz and full of excitement. They visited Microsoft Innovation Centre and learnt about their latest developments. Rising Sun Pictures showed behind-the-scenes work in creating special effects for blockbuster movies and a highlight of the day was the young people recording their own radio spot on NOVA 919 that aired on 5AA the following day.

The final tour was jam-packed visiting successful retail and hospitality businesses around the Adelaide CBD who shared their experiences and success stories. Rebel Sport was a favourite stop where the young people learnt about the world of sporting retail and one young person was so impressed they put their name down for a casual position. 2KW captivated the young people with its sweeping Adelaide views and innovative service concept and Woolworths Rundle Mall explained their employment prospects as well as the unique setup and functioning of their city store. The young people felt like sporting celebrities as they ran onto Adelaide Oval and soaked up its scale and atmosphere. They learnt about the oval’s longstanding history and successful transformation into one of Adelaide’s most iconic locations. The final destination on the tour was the Mercure Grosvenor Hotel where the young people enjoyed meeting various employees, hearing about their experiences and having a ride in the oldest lift in Adelaide.

Thank you to all the businesses involved for sharing their time, knowledge and expertise and even providing the young people with snacks and refreshments, which was a real treat. The young people left the day with excitement and enthusiasm and many now have a clearer idea of potential career paths they want to pursue, which is a great outcome.

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