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27 October, 2016

Students visit Guide Dog Centre

Students at the Guide Dog Centre with a Guide Dog in training

High school students encouraged to consider a career at Guide Dogs

A group of Year 10 students visited the Guide Dog Centre as part of a week-long program developed by Public Schools NSW Macquarie Park called ‘Eye on My Future.’ The purpose of the program was to give students exposure to different workplaces in their local area in order to broaden their horizons and allow them to explore possible future career paths.

“The ‘Eye on My Future’ program is designed for year 10 students who are not sure what they want to do in the future,” said Peter Rance, Careers Advisor at Kingswood High School.

“By providing them with the opportunity to talk to people already out in the workplace, they can get an idea of different career paths they might want to take and how they can achieve a good work-life balance,” Mr Rance said.

The students with Guide Dogs staff

For Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, the program provides staff with an opportunity to showcase the industry area and the variety of career paths available within the organisation.

“This is the first time our organisation has been involved in this program, and we had a great time talking to the students about the different careers they could have at Guide Dogs NSW/ACT,” Guide Dog Services Manager, Paul Adrian said.

Five staff members were on hand to discuss the different roles they have at Guide Dogs, including a Kennel Attendant, the Pets As Therapy Coordinator, a Puppy Raising Officer, a Guide Dog Trainer and a Caretaker.

“During the visit, the students participated in a speed-question scenario with each staff member. They then had the opportunity to speak to the panel as a group and have a tour of our kennels,” Mr Adrian said.

The students look at some Guide Dog puppies at the centre

The group of 20 students visiting the Guide Dog Centre were from a variety of government high schools within the area. This includes students from Richmond High School, Windsor High School, Colo High School and Kingswood High School. They were encouraged to think about the focus question of the program- ‘What does success mean to you?’

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT is the leading provider of Guide Dogs and other services that enable people with impaired vision to get around their communities safely and independently.

While training Guide Dogs is an important part of the organisation’s work, their most common program is showing people with impaired vision how to safely move through different environments, using a range of mobility aids and electronic devices.

Every day 28 Australians are diagnosed with uncorrectable vision loss, including nine who become blind.