Planning a career path
Love, not money, is the biggest consideration for local young people when it comes to planning their futures if the Northern Rivers Careers Expo is any gauge.
More than 1500 students from 15 schools between Grafton and the Queensland border passed through the two-day expo staged at Lismore City Hall last week.
Students told The Northern Star that being passionate about their work was more important than a fat pay cheque.
Lismore High School student Angela Butts has been inspired by her mother who was a teacher's aide to become a primary school teacher.
"Money's not a big consideration. If you love what you're doing you're going to do it," she said.
What would be her horror job?
"Being a cleaner. That would be the worst," she said.
A love of children was driving Laura Cash's dream to work in daycare.
"You can get money while you have your passion," the Year 10 student said.
Woolworths, Norco, the New York Film academy, universities, TAFEs as well as volunteer and exchange programs were among the 40 companies represented at the expo.
Byron Bay High School student Isabelle Jones will spend six months in France living with a local family thanks to the World Education Student Exchange Program which had a booth at the expo.
The 15-year-old, who has been studying the French language since primary school, aspires to be a writer or historian when she returns from her travels.
"I love the language. It's so beautiful," she said.
"It will definitely give me more appreciation for how we live here.
"We're going to Paris for a few days at the start to meet all the other Aussie exchange students."