Hundreds of teenagers were given a sneak peek at their futures at USQ’s Careers Day last week (July 20 2017).
Around 750 Year 9 and 10 students from across the Darling Downs and South West visited USQ Toowoomba for an on campus experience, exploring study options for a range of career pathways.
Based on their interests, students chose a number of fun, interactive sessions covering a range of subject areas facilitated by USQ academics and industry guest speakers.
Representatives from TAFE Queensland and the Australian Defence Force also facilitated sessions.
A highlight of the day was a presentation by USQ alumnus and keynote speaker Ashton Fagg.
Ashton exemplifies how an education can take you anywhere – in his case, from Dalby to the United States of America!
The Western Downs local completed a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering at USQ, and will soon join ride-sharing company Uber to work on their self-driving car project.
Ashton took the Careers Day participants on a step-by-step journey of his career – from deciding on his undergraduate degree at USQ, working with CSIRO to create computers systems tracking animal movement patterns, and discovering his passion for ‘computer vision’.
Ashton had key advice for the young Queenslanders – primarily, to follow their passion.
“Apply yourself at school and listen to your teachers. I promise, they want to see you do well and succeed.
“Knowledge is power so ask questions and open your mind – there is so much out there to learn!”