University of South Australia work with Murray Bridge High School students

Looking ahead: University of South Australia connect community officer Kim Giannoni, Murray Bridge High School year 10 student Brandon Hogben and UniSA mentor Andrew Denton.

Looking ahead: University of South Australia connect community officer Kim Giannoni, Murray Bridge High School year 10 student Brandon Hogben and UniSA mentor Andrew Denton.

A lot of Murray Bridge High School students have said they are feeling better about their future thanks to the University of South Australia’s (UniSA) career awareness program.

Staff and mentors from the university have traveled to the high school to conduct the program from Tuesday, February 14 to Friday February 17.

UniSA connect community officer Kim Giannoni said they have been working with year 10 students, providing one on one appointments to talk about further education, their aspirations and paths they could go down to achieve them.

“We want to let the students know that higher education is achievable,” she said.

“We want to inspire the school students to believe that they can achieve and they can do higher education.

As part of the program, the mentors work with students in a career match component which helps students find careers that they are best suited to.

Ms Giannoni said the students had responded well to the program, they had been self-driven and had engaged well.

The program ran at the school in 2015 and she said she would like to see it continue into the future.

Murray Bridge High School was the only school in the region that the program was currently running in but Ms Giannoni said she hopes it can involve other schools and could perhaps do it as a cluster in the future.

Murray Bridge High School year 10 student Danica Baltussen said she felt better after her session.

“I know what I need to do to make what I want to do more successful,” she said.

Another student Sophia Distura said she thought the session was really good.

“I know what I want to be in the future and how to plan for the future,” she said.