"OPEN your mind to the opportunity in your own backyard," was the message sent to Gladstone girls at a career forum yesterday.
More than 70 Year 10 students from all over the region gathered together for a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy 4Girls2 Resource Career Day at Gladstone Entertainment Centre.
The forum aimed to familiarise young women with the broad range of careers in the resources sector, particularly those not usually chosen by women.
QMEA project officer Tammy Grady said it was the perfect opportunity for students to engage with the industry on a practical level.
"The plan is to expose students into the various roles they could take up and trigger interest into something they may not have originally thought about," Ms Grady said.
Students got the chance to try out a range of industry activities including welding, geology exploration, electrical practices, laboratory experience and working from height.
More than 20 women working in industry joined the girls for lunch to share career path advice and talk about their roles in the resource sector.
Ms Grady said the day was overwhelmingly positive.
"Girls waited back at the end of the day to speak with industry reps," she said.
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