Virtual Study & Career Talks

An ITF Registered Teacher Leads the Way

Schools Industry Partnership, Adrian Rhodes

Mel Timmerman hosting her webinar series from her office at St Leo's College, Sydney

The Diocese of Broken Bay Pathways Program ran an extensive series of Virtual Study & Career Talks during Term 2, with a range of expert presenters. Universities and other Tertiary Education providers, Apprenticeship/Traineeship service providers and gap year providers joined employers from various industries to present 40 live, virtual talks with close to 4,000 views that reached over 28,000 people over nine weeks.


Many teachers and other staff members from across the Diocese used the virtual talks as part of their classes, to support the curriculum and show their classes real life examples related to the subjects they teach. Here are a few examples:


“It was useful to succinctly show examples of the range of options within the hospitality sector under one (virtual) roof. It helped students understand the relevance of what they are studying, Cert II in Kitchen Operations in this case - and the direct link to industry and jobs.

The presenter was clever with her use of language to engage the ‘youth of today’ by highlighting their part in the success of the hospitality industry.” (Megan, VET Coordinator, St Leo’s Catholic College, Wahroonga)


“The Virtual Talks were a great initiative by the DBB Pathways Team. The content and breadth of presenters was fantastic. I particularly liked the fact they were only 30 minutes long and recorded, so that they could be viewed later. My students and parents loved them. Keep them coming DBB – you are doing an awesome job!!” (Juliana, Leader of Learning Careers, St Edwards College, East Gosford) 


Mel said "We also received overwhelmingly positive responses from students, who liked that they were able to watch these videos at a time that suited them. They found the talks engaging and liked seeing all the different study and career pathways available to them. The majority confirmed that the talks supported them in making decisions now about subjects and their future careers.


The program also gave parents the opportunity to update their knowledge about different education providers, future job opportunities and provide industry insights which allowed them to be more comfortable about starting career conversations with their children."


“Thank you also for the virtual talks on YouTube - they are a great initiative!” (Fiona, St Leo’s Parent)


The Pathways team is currently looking to continue Virtual Industry Talks in Term 3, which will be made available to all schools.


YouTube Channel: ‘Study & Career Pathways DBB’


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