[Recap] Online Careers Expo 2020

The Careers Department has not been exempt from innovation and new ways of thinking due to COVID-19. In 2020, we were unable to hold our Careers Expo in the usual format with stall holders and guest speakers so we decided to take a leap and move our Careers Expo online.

Still keeping the ‘personal touch’, we interviewed successful people in the wider AISHK community, from a range of different industries and workplaces, to tell us about their jobs, their career pathways and how the current global pandemic has affected their industry. By moving our e-Expo online in a ‘watch on demand’ format, we were able to make connections with a much wider range of people and industries than we have before.

Either side of the Summer vacation, students across the Secondary school will get to hear tips about what kind of skills they will need to develop and what kind of choices they could make, in order to succeed in a range of different walks of life.

We shared the videos with Year 10 and 12 students via our private YouTube channel during their weekly Wednesday Pastoral Care/Wellbeing lessons. Year 11 will be watching the videos at the start of Term 3. Students gave us some valuable feedback after watching the videos and you can see some of this below:

” Provided students with more flexibility.”

“I enjoyed the online expo in that we could watch them in our own time and at our own pace.”

“By having them online, we also didn’t have to worry about missing out on specific speakers we were interested in because there was much more flexibility with whose talk we could ‘attend’.”

“I can go back to it afterwards and can share it with my parents.”

“Good general advice as a student in the process of figuring out what they what to do in the future – the fact that your specific degree doesn’t have to exactly dictate where you end up in the workforce i.e. you’re not limited if you experience a change in interest.”

“Obviously it is difficult given the online set-up, but Q&A’s for specific questions from a student point of view may have been beneficial for some students.”

“These videos allowed me to choose whatever I liked, unlike the ones in person where I can only choose the ‘best’ one during a certain time slot.”

We would like to thank the following interviewees for sparing their time to prepare answers to our questions and for sharing their world-class industry expertise with our school community.

Sector Company Name
Law King & Wood Mallesons Urszula McCormack
Journalism AFP Karl Malakunas
Sound Engineering Yellow Frog Rob Porter
Environmental Engineering Air Control Engineering Virendra Anand
Real Estate Adler Ho property Adler Ho
Insurance Trans America Life Hazel Etherington
Personal Training and Rehabilitation Calibrate Studios Mitch Tamiau
Sports and Fitness HKU – Lecturer in Sports Sheldon Coffin
Architect, Artist & Freelance Designer Freelance Designer Pete Ross
Medical Surgeon Dr Jacky Or
Marketing and Hotel Kindred Society Fiona Cubitt
Accountant Xero Sarah Foo
Film and TV All Voice Talent David Pope
Tech and Marketing Google Leonie Valentine