Published on: 27 June 2013

More than 120 boys discussed career aspirations with ‘young’ old boys at the inaugural Year 12 Career Breakfasts held in the Old Boys’ Gallery last week. The joint initiative between the School and Old Boys’ Association gave boys an opportunity to ask questions of alumni from a range of fields.

Three breakfasts were held over three mornings, before school, with various fields grouped together. These included commerce, law and IT; engineering and architecture; and medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and sports science.

Each table had one to two old boys, who moved to another table halfway through the breakfast. At the end of the event, the old boys took the floor for a 20-minute question and answer session. Many boys also remained behind at the end of the breakfast to ask further questions.

Career Counsellor Jody Clarke said the breakfasts were very successful. Mrs Clarke said the boys appreciated being able to talk to young old boys about their work, study paths and the reasons for choosing their particular occupation.

“It was reassuring for some Year 12s to hear old boys say that they didn’t know the occupation they wanted to do at school but found direction once starting university,” she said. “Many of the boys commented on how they really liked the semi-formal nature of the event and that it felt very professional.”