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Tourism industry to host careers expo

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The Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) will be visiting the Bundaberg Region this week to facilitate a number of career-based activities.

Queensland Tourism Industry Council (QTIC) will visit the Bundaberg Region to facilitate a number of career-based activities, engaging local students and job seekers in tourism industry careers.

The Bundaberg Schools Come ‘N’ Try Day and Bundaberg Careers Market are part of the regional roadshow to be held on Thursday 16 June, with the Virtual Career Expo to take place on Thursday 23 June.

Queensland Industry Tourism Council Project Officer Olivia Wyles said the careers market provided a great opportunity to showcase the range of career pathways available within the industry.

“The Roadshow is a fantastic opportunity to learn about why you should take your next career step into tourism or hospitality,” Olivia said.

“With the borders open and the industry booming, now is a better time than ever to grab hold of some fantastic training and career opportunities and join an industry that could take you wherever you want to go.”

The day is made up of two session times, one for schools and students, with another for job seekers of any age.

“Students and jobseekers are invited to attend the Roadshow, the schools part of the day will run from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm and we ask that teachers register for this,” Olivia said.

“For jobseekers, we will be holding a Career Market from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm at the TAFE Queensland Campus in F Block, no need to register, just bring your best elevator pitch and resume.

“The Roadshow is unique in the way that it allows students and jobseekers an almost one-on-one connection with leading industry employers and a behind-the-scenes insight into the sector.”

A number of local tourism organisations will be in attendance as part of the roadshow including Macadamias Australia, Visitor Information Centres, Mon Repos Turtle Centre, BUSY At Work, TAFE Queensland, Bundaberg Barrell, and others.

Olivia said the aim of the career events was to ensure that job seekers had an understanding of the different options available within the tourism industry.

“The aim of the career market is to promote a career within the tourism and hospitality industry,” she said.

“It is often perceived to be ‘a job you do until you get a real job’ and when asked to give an example of a tourism career, students will only recall flight attendant or tour guide as there is a general lack of understanding about the breadth of the industry and possibilities available.”

The interactive activities available to students will assist in showcasing exactly what the different roles within the industry may entail.

“QTIC’s Roadshow is a fun and interactive day that showcases various aspects of the tourism and hospitality industry, allowing all participants to receive genuine advice and take part in hands on activities,” she said.

“We also aim to support the industry through the current workforce shortage by connecting them with a focused and qualified talent pool.”

In addition to the careers market, there is a virtual career expo that will allow the opportunity for job seekers to register to chat with employers and hear from QTIC.

“The Virtual Career Expo is quite simply, a traditional Career Expo converted into an online platform. You can register to chat live with employers, peruse the jobs board, watch a live webinar or speak directly with QTIC about the industry,” she said.

“It is a great opportunity to search for and find your next job without leaving the house.”

Queensland Tourism Industry Council's Career Roadshow is designed to showcase, promote, and bring a sense of excitement back to the tourism and hospitality industry in the eyes of Queensland's next generation of workers.

You can find out more about the opportunities here.

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