Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton has encouraged students in Dubbo to carefully consider their career options as they approach the end of high school with countless opportunities on offer for regional students.
Mr Coulton invited former Young Engineer of the Year Jill Kilby to address students at Dubbo College Senior Campus as they approach their final exams.
“I invited Jill out to talk to students at the school to give them an idea about the different kinds of careers that are available,” said Mr Coulton.
“It can be a very daunting time for students when they are asked to identify what career path they would like to take.”
“Jill had some excellent advice for the students about following their passions and considering their strengths when they think about what they would like to do after high school.”
Students from Dubbo College Senior Campus and Engineering Studies students from Dubbo College Delroy Campus gathered to listen to Jill’s story.
Ms Kilby told the students that they were at an exciting time in their lives where there would an opportunity to go out and experience things for the first time.
“In the next five years you will have a lot of firsts coming up. There are a lot of opportunities out there,” said Ms Kilby.
Ms Kilby also encouraged students who were considering higher education options to look into the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Education Foundation.
“I was involved with the Foundation for a number of years and they offer a range of scholarships in support of students from rural backgrounds.”
Mr Coulton thanked Dubbo College for hosting the event.
“It was great to be able to share Jill’s story with the students. Jill is a young woman who originally came from Coonamble, studied at the University of Sydney, and has worked in engineering and project management on the wharves in Sydney Harbour.”
“Jill also started her own engineering business in regional NSW, and is currently undertaking an MBA and Masters in Public Policy at Stanford University in California,” Mr Coulton said.
“Last year I was able to bring Akram Azimi, the Young Australian of the Year to have a chat with students. This year Jill gave up her time to come out to Dubbo and Gulgong and I thank her for sharing her insights with our students.”