Legends @ Lunchtime To Help With Career Development
The Legends @ Lunchtime career development initiative brings past Christ Church students to visit the School during the lunch break and talk to interested Senior School boys about their career.
An example of the Legends we involve would be pharmacist Chris Shenton, who is a 40under40 Awards winner from 2004 and a member of the International Entrepreneurs’ Organisation. Chris graduated from Curtin University in 1986 and trained at Mount Hospital before pursuing a community pharmacy career in Rockingham. His career has included a pharmacy at the Royal Show, volunteering at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the medical team for the athletes’ village, large community retail stores, aged care and hospital pharmacy. He now owns HPS Pharmacies Joondalup.
Other legends have included real estate professional Kingsley Edwards, forensic scientist Ian Dadour, accountant Ian Cameron, dentist Seth Eggleston and geologist John Mair.
Christ Church Careers Co-ordinator Jody Clarke said the aim of Legends @ Lunchtime was to provide a range of people from different occupations who, in an informal setting, could explain what they do, the personal requirements for their job, how they got there, employment opportunities and related career paths.
Ms Clarke said many boys had an idea about an occupation they may wish to pursue. “For example engineering, but they don’t realise that there are many different types of engineers,” she said. “Or they’re interested in commerce but are unaware of the career possibilities. Similarly with medicine or law – there is a vague understanding of what is involved but little knowledge of the day-to-day tasks.
“It is obviously much better to go into a university course aware of what to expect and the outcomes rather than at the end of semester one pulling out because ‘it wasn’t what I expected’. I’ve heard many comments like this.”
Ms Clarke said career development was a lifelong process of managing the progression in learning and work. “An individual’s success in this process will be determined by the quality and access to information on the opportunities open to them.”