Year 10 Careers Week

Gems and STEMS

On 20th May 2024,as a part of the Year 10 Careers Week Program, the Gems in STEM Program, in partnership with Barwon Water, was run at St Joseph’s College in Geelong. The Program aims to inspire students in Year 10 to find a passion for purpose in what they do, with an emphasis on STEM. Speakers were Brett Logue – Scoping & Innovation Team Leader from Barwon Water, Luke Vague – Head of Projects from Barwon Asset Solutions and Luke van Rheenen – Senior Civil Engineer from CMP Consulting Group. The Gems in Stems program discussed many options and paths students can take if they choose Engineering and what subjects they need to pick for VCE. The Year 10 class was given the opportunity to listen to the different engineering journeys of speakers as well as what engineering involves. The key messages from presenters included “loving what you do”, “having fun”, “water industry is more than a job, it’s a vocation” and “the climate crisis needs young people’s help”.

Presenter Panel

As part of the Year 10 Careers Week Panel, St Joseph’s College welcomed four fantastic presenters to speak to students. Jake Pitman from Manse Group, spoke to students about his experiences from apprentice to Construction Manager. Students were able to learn about the vast opportunities available in the construction industry. Anthony Wright has had an amazing career journey including CEO, Business Owner, Business Advisor, Board Director, Investor, Lawyer and Accountant. He was also able to speak to students about what an entrepreneur is. Anthony’s presentation was very engaging and interesting. Dave Clark, father of a student at the College, educated students on opportunities in Mining Engineering. Dave is an Australian Mining Lead with GHD, and Senior Technical Director – Geotechnical (Mining) Engineering. And finally, Dave Cameron, a Landscape Engineer from Tract, a local Geelong company, shared with students how interest in design and drawing can lead to the exciting opportunities in landscape design. Dave explained how this differed from landscaping, and was also able to share with the audience some of the fantastic projects Tract is working on in Geelong. We can’t wait to see these come to fruition.

Citipower / Powercor

During Year 10 Careers Week, on Thursday, we welcomed former student Declan Brown, as well as guest presenters Steven McConnell and Ryan Lennon from partnered employers CitiPower and Powercor to the College. Citipower / Powercor are involved in the mining, energy and resource industry. This presentation was an opportunity for students, and parents who came along, to learn about careers and trades available in this industry. Trade careers include line worker, meter technician, substation electrician or cable joiner. This session was open to senior students and families. It was great to see a lot of interest in this event. Thank you to our guest presenters.


Resh, Sinan and Damian from the Australian Defence Force Careers Recruiting came to the College to deliver a presentation on the many career opportunities in the Defence Forces. This was a very popular presentation with 80 attendees which included parents and students. Presenters talked about their own career journeys, as well as the different methods of entry, the lifestyle and opportunities a career in the ADF can offer. Many thanks to the ADF members for their fantastic presentation.

Careers Update, Week 7


Year 10 Subject Selection