Hong Kong exchange program applications close 28 August 2017

A unique exchange program will give seven young Western Australians the chance to take a one-of-a-kind trip to Hong Kong in 2018. Applications close on Monday 28 August 2017.

The program is open to people aged between 18 and 25. Young people from regional areas as well as those with Aboriginal and multicultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will meet delegates from Hong Kong and participate in activities in Perth in October 2017, before travelling to Hong Kong in February 2018.

The program will provide young people with the chance to develop self-confidence, build international networks, gain an understanding of different cultures and provide a base for future career goals.

The International Youth Exchange Program will further strengthen relations between China and WA and is an initiative of the Western Australian State Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

To find out more or to apply, visit the program page at the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia website.

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Researching the required duties, salary, training pathways and future career prospects of occupations that interest you will help you make smart career choices.

On the Career Centre website we have over 500 occupational profiles featuring a snap shot of everything you need to know when considering pursuing a particular career. Use the profiles and tips below to explore your options.

Broaden your horizons – if you are interested in early childhood education, broaden your options and explore careers in the community services industry or if you are interested in flying explore the aviation industry.

Make sure your sources are valid – be aware of who is presenting the information and why. Different organisations and groups may present information differently depending on their goals.researching-reading-investigating-2

Make sure the information is current – check the information is up to date. Recognise that predictions about future trends need to be considered in combination with a range of information including individual interests, skills and values.

Investigate a range of sources – gather information from different sources and then compare them. This will help clarify your choices.

Think geographically – some specialised occupations may be regional or metropolitan specific and job prospects may vary according to location.

Be aware of patterns and themes – hopefully you will have spent some time working through the knowing yourself section of the Career Centre website. And if you haven’t, give it a go, as you may be able to see common themes and patterns that draw you to similar occupations or industry groups. Make sure you write these down.

What’s my next step?
The occupational profiles on the Career Centre site are intended to be used as a source of impartial information aimed at helping you to explore career pathways. Once you have selected a few specific occupations you could conduct more detailed research into those careers, including talking to people who know about the occupations and industries you are interested in, such as key industry groups.