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The Generation STEM #WithSTEMYouCan Careers Expo, in its second year, recently took place at Sydney Olympic Park. With around 300 Year 9 and 10 students in attendance, the event allowed them to connect with industry, ask questions and explore different science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers and pathways.

The Generation STEM #WithSTEMYouCan Careers Expo recently took place at Sydney Olympic Park.

Telstra, Western Sydney Airport, Airbus, Nautitech, QuickStep, Lincoln Electric, Sydney Water and Lockpick Games were just some of the industry participants exhibiting on the day.

Lincoln Electric, product manager Paul Smith, said the Careers Day helps to show young people the opportunities in welding and other industries they may be unfamiliar with.

“It gives them exposure to spark a possible interest. These initiatives are an important part of how we engage with students,” Paul said.

Rachel Lollback, a senior data analyst at, agreed. She said the event is about inspiring students to consider the STEM industry as their future and connecting with the education sector.

“Bringing together industry and education is crucial. It allows us to ensure that the things taught in schools and universities are tailored and relevant to what the industry needs,” Rachel said.

The hands-on, interactive workshops, another key part of the event, left a lasting impression on the students. These workshops not only engaged their interest but also provided tangible activities related to STEM fields.

Early career STEM professionals shared valuable advice.

The panel discussion held at the end of the day was another highlight. Early career STEM professionals shared valuable advice, emphasising the significance of communication and critical thinking skills.

The Careers Day highlighted the importance of showcasing STEM jobs to students in an interactive and engaging way. It sparked curiosity, as students could see the practical applications of STEM firsthand.

Interaction with people in the field also helps them explore various careers and gain insights into educational pathways and required skills.

“The expo was great,” expressed a teacher from Chifley College Dunheved Campus who attended the event. “The students have been exposed to so much in the field of STEM. I wish we could bring more students.”

In closing, Ruth Carr, Director of CSIRO Education and Outreach, said to the students: "Be flexible, open, and up for the challenge – these will be your superpowers. The great thing about a STEM career is that it is not linear. There are twists and turns before you eventually end up where you need to be."

Get involved

The WithSTEMYouCan Careers Day was part of the STEM Community Partnerships Program, which aims to highlight local STEM careers and opportunities, and provide avenues for students to develop their STEM skills in an engaging and rewarding way.

Events like the Careers Day could not happen without a broad range of STEM businesses and organisations willing to support. If your business or organisation is interested in participating in next year’s careers expo, please reach out to the Generation STEM team.

Learn more about Generation STEM

To learn more about Generation STEM or to register your interest in the STEM Community Partnerships Program, contact the team.

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