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Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Career Expo

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The region's largest career expo, Thursday 16 May 9 AM to 3 PM, Newcastle Racecourse


Career Links is hosting the annual Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Career Expo at the Newcastle Racecourse on Thursday 16 May from 9am to 3pm. The largest event of its kind in the region and a yearly highlight on the school calendar for senior students, it attracts exhibitors focused on providing information to students about career opportunities, training and tertiary education. The event is open to the public and entry is just $5 per person at the gate.

CEO of Career Links, John Purcell, is passionate about connecting the young people of our region with the education, industry and opportunities that will help guide them to a bright future.

“Career Links has a mission to connect all students to the next stage of their lives and the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Career Expo is our flagship event. With over 140 exhibitors representing interstate universities and colleges, further education support organisations, employers, government services and vocational training providers, there is something here for every student.”

This year there are just under 4,500 students booked to attend with their Career Advisors, from every school sector and from as far away as Tuncurry in the north, Gosford in the south and Maitland in the west.

“It’s a critical event for senior high school students,” said John. “It’s an opportunity to gain insight into the realm of further education, training and the skills sets required by industry as part of their career journey. It can be an inspirational experience for some students who may have their eyes opened to opportunities that they didn’t dare dream of before.

“Students should come to the expo prepared to ask questions, to seek out the possibilities and to be open to new information. It’s a fact-finding mission. They are able to have one on one discussions with employers, trainers and university staff, take away the handouts that many exhibitors provide and really gain an insight into their next steps.”

Career Links has been running the event since 2009 with the support of sponsors. This year the sponsors are University of Newcastle, Platinum Sponsor, TAFE NSW and Avondale University, Gold Sponsors, Australian Defence Force Careers and Silver Sponsors are Regional Development Australia Hunter ME Program, MEGT and St Nicholas.

The exhibits are located in the Glasshouse and The Pavilion at the Racecourse. There will also be a number of outdoor exhibits that are very popular with students and include the NSW Police Force, NSW Ambulance and the Australian Defence Force.

For further information about the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Career Expo visit

For interviews please contact Liane Morris on 0404 881 455 or email

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