Creating careers in Circular Head

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Opportunity. The Coasters, a networking and professional development initiative, is coming to town.

Bringing the Building Careers in Circular Head workshop to Smithton later this month, the group will share insights on career development in regional Tasmania.

The Coasters, founded by Margot Kelly, Claire Smith, Alexander McKenzie and Jacqueline de Jonge, is a grassroots initiative of aspirational young people living and working in various industries across the north west coast.

Sharing in a diverse range of knowledge and skills, the network aims to provide and improve career development opportunities across the region.

“We realised we love the region but that more could be done to help young people get ahead,” says Margot, a rural reporter with ABC.

“We are still less than one year old so we are learning what our community wants from us to achieve that goal.

“So far most of the positive feedback has been about the opportunity to meet and learn from other young people. It’s quite amazing, the conversations that happen when we motivated young people come together with a focus on our professional lives.

“We also organise training programs and workshops.”

The upcoming event will present a panel of guest speakers in Stanley abalone farmer Joel Gilby, Crowe Horwath accountant Aaron Robertson and Marrawah winemaker Stafford Ives-Heres.

“There’s no shortage of impressive people to choose from in Circular Head,” says Margot.

“We want to hear from each of them what they see as the challenges and opportunities in the area. What do young locals need to be confident in achieving their best by staying in the region? And what do ‘mainlanders’ need to commit to the region?”

Providing the opportunity to network with like-minded locals, the evening will begin with an informal panel discussion centring around the opportunities and challenges of building careers in Circular Head.

“We chose this panel because they represent clearly different experiences of life in Circular Head,” says Margot.

“All of them are inspirational for their capacity to dream big and commit to it.”

Sponsored by the Department of State Growth, the free event is open to all and the network has a loose interpretation on the definition of young, says Margot.

Building Careers in Circular Head presented by The Coasters will be held at Agritas Trade College on Friday March 23. For more information ‘Like’ the Facebook page The Coasters: Building Careers on the North West Coast or go to and search Building Careers in Circular Head.

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