Education’s changing role

Clinical psychologist and careers development guru Jim Bright (right) making his presentation at Forbes High School last week. After his presentation, four ladies from the Forbes district – Gabrielle McMillan, Adele Bintley, Kelly Tildsley and Kerry Leach also spoke about their careers.After lunch on Tuesday last week, Forbes High School (FHS) was host to a widly-respected thinker regarding matters of education.
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Clinical psychologist and careers development guru Jim Bright presented his views to an audience of students, teachers and members of the community.

Mr Bright’s message was simple.

“I don’t even know where I’m going to be at the end of this sentence, let alone in years to come,” Mr Bright said.

The audience heard that students graduating from secondary schools this year will need a variety of new skills.

Despite the world of work constantly changing, Mr Bright said the education system has not changed dramatically since decades ago when a student could walk out of school and into a job for life.

Deputy Principal at FHS Stacey Kelly said she agrees the education system needs to change.

“[Mr Bight said] students in high school today may have seven careers in the lives with four jobs in each [career],” Ms Kelly said.

She also said Mr Bright liked the programs in place at FHS and was generally positive about the school.

After Mr Bright’s presentation a panel of four local ladies – Kerry Leach, Kelly Tildsley, Adele Bintley and Gabe Miller – were present at the FHS hall on Tuesday to talk about the changing world of work.

Owner of News On Rankin and executive member of Forbes Business Chamber Gabe McMillan shared her experiences of the retail industry.

Ms McMillan said the event was a benefit to get students thinking about their futures and she agreed with Mr Bright that the education system has the capacity to adapt.

“I think they’re on the right track by having events like this,” Mrs McMillan said.

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