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Plan ahead - Planning well ahead not only gives you a chance to check with key teaching staff that the date you select suits them, but also gives you ample time to search for suitable presenters.

Starting well in advance also gives you time to seek out interesting professionals to speak on the day – and to replace them if they pull out before the event. Look towards the future – and cover all career clusters

When choosing potential presenters, look to the jobs of the future forinspiration – and ensure you cover all career clusters.

According to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training Job Guide website, the industries with the largest projected employment growth to 2016–17 are:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Construction
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Mining
  • Education and Training
  • Retail Trade
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Public Administration and Safety
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Financial and Insurance Services.

More information on industry employment trends and prospects is available through the Labour Market Information Portal http://lmip.gov.au/

The occupational clusters with the largest projected employment growth to 2016-17 are:

  • Medical Practitioners and Nurses
  • Chief Executives and General Managers
  • Carers and Aides
  • Health and Welfare Support Workers
  • Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals
  • Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades
  • Engineers
  • Health Diagnostic and Therapy Professionals
  • Construction Trades
  • Food Trades.

More information on occupational employment trends and prospects is available on http://joboutlook.gov.au

Consider your audience

Consider your audience when choosing presenters. Before you invite a potential presenter, ask yourself whether they fulfil the following criteria:

Would you be interested in hearing what this presenter is likely to talk about?

Would a large group of your students be interested in what this presenter is likely to talk about?

Guide presenters

Don’t be afraid to be specific about what you want presenters to talk about.

Rather than just asking them ‘talk about their job’, guide them on what you’d like them to present.

If possible, encourage presenters to involve students in their presentation (either as an interactive ‘show and tell’) or to leave time for Questions and Answers at the end of the presentation.