Last Tuesday, the students of the college had an amazing experience with the staging of our annual careers day, our Way Beyond Today Expo. The quality of guest presenters was absolutely world class. The keynote speaker was Dr Jordan Nguyen, a biomedical engineer (CEO and founder of Psykinetic) whose work and research is making the world a better place for everyone, especially those with spinal chord injuries or cerebral palsy paralysis. Jordan shared his story with the Years 9 and 10 students in his keynote in the morning, followed by three breakout sessions with the SRC leaders from the Senior, Middle and Junior schools. He participated in a panel appearance in the after lunch session and then presented to our staff after school for an hour and a half and then shared time with many students and parents in the Careers Expo until the day finished. He is the most humble and generous young man who absolutely ensures that our country's future is bright and in great hands. If you want a dose of inspiration, look him up on YouTube or look up his website.
The panel who shared their experiences and pathways with the students in the afternoon featured an amazing collection of young leaders, some working at the pinnacle of their fields around the world. This panel was chaired by Scott Millar, a young man from Brisbane who works closely with our Senior Pathways Centre staff, who is the CEO and founder of BOP Industries, a global company that specialises in holograms for business promotion and conferences. Scott is 19 years old and is an inspirational young man who also gives generously of his time to the KG community. Alex Moss, CEO, founder and head designer of Canaria Technologies, a company that designs ear pieces that measure vital bodily statistics, now working with NASA to develop this technology to be used by astronauts. Alex was a fashion model, designer and publisher of a fashion magazine prior to this change in direction. Rob Joseph, CEO of AntiOrdinary, also appeared on the panel and Rob's company designs beanies that are protective headwear for skiing and snowboarding. Alice Bell, from Alice Bell Talent Acquisition works in the Airline Industry and is in charge of recruitment for Virgin Australia. Completing the panel was former KGSC student and now biomedical student at the University of Qld, Sofia Hilmi, who also works with BOP Industries and tutors students at KGSC in her spare time. This panel was brilliantly chaired by Scott Millar and all the panellists gave generously of their time and shared their journeys with the students, encouraging them and daring them to be awesome. The feedback we had from the exhibitors, in relation to the questions and clarity of purpose from the students, was very positive and reassuring that our Career Education programs are preparing the students appropriately for their futures.