THE age-old question: What do you want to be when you grow up?

It's a matter everybody has to face at one point in their lives.

As children jobs like being a firefighter, doctor, policeman or pilot were all common answers to the common question.

But at some point, there comes a time when this question stops being a distant dream and becomes a close reality. More than 1000 students from across the region are faced with that question today.

Today's SAIN Careers Expo 2012 also aims to provide answers to those looking to jump into a new career.

SAIN project and work placement officer Lisa Wharton said all students, whether inquiring about university or trade options, will have the opportunity to gather information regarding career choices.

"The aim of the Schools and Industry Network Careers and Tertiary Expo is to provide all students attending secondary school, access to career information in one venue," she said.

Today at Gladstone PCYC there are 41 sites with information on a wide variety of vocational and university courses for students.

"This year we have all the companies involved, with Curtis Island on board to answer questions regarding work or training opportunities in the construction sector," Mrs Wharton said.

Channel College careers officer Jaye Mellor said the expo had different significance for Year 10 and 12 students.

"These days are really important for Year 10 students to set an idea and gain direction," she said.

"By Year 11 and 12 they already have an idea and it is a good opportunity to talk to people."

She encourages students to make the most of today.

"Talk to as many people as you can, make the most of it and discover all your options," Ms Mellor said.

But the expo isn't just for students - workers wanting a career change are also encouraged to come.

Head along to Gladstone PCYC from 9am today to see all the exciting career paths Gladstone has to offer.



The Gladstone Observer and School and Industry Network Careers Expo is at the PCYC in Yarroon St, Gladstone from 9am-3pm today.

There will be 41 exhibitors on display, including QGC, GAGAL, CQUniversity, Bechtel, Rio Tinto Alcan and the Gladstone Observer plus many more.

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