YOUNG minds were opened to a bright future in Leeton this week.
Leeton High School once again hosted the Western Riverina Careers Expo on Tuesday, with around 1000 students from across the region attending.
It was a one-stop-shop for all things "real world", including representatives from universities, TAFE, training organisations, big business, colleges and much more.
The expo has continued to grow in size and is organised each year by Leeton High School, bringing together a large number of stakeholders so students don't need to go too far to have their questions answered when it comes to what they want to do at the completion of their schooling.
Leeton High careers adviser Nadine Goring spent many an hour organising this year's event and said students had again responded well.
"It's an exciting day for everyone," she said.
"The students are able to get so much out of a day like today.
"It gives them a variety of choices and people to talk to."
The expo is for students in years 10, 11 and 12.
Each year the aim is for them to get either get something new from the event as they progress through their senior schooling or to further cement the career or goal they have set their minds to.
"This year there has been a big focus on health (careers)," Mrs Goring said.
"As well as keeping the students in the area that want to stay here.
"I definitely see there's a trend towards local training and local employment, which is great.
"Trades are still a big focus.
"It's just getting the information out there and communicating to students that there are so many options for them out there no matter what they want to do."
Schools from across the region attended throughout the day.
"It just makes it easier for them having access to all of that right here instead of having to travel to university open days or things like that," Mrs Goring said.
"That access is so important as students start to look into what they want to be doing after school."
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