Inspirational Speakers visit John Pirie Secondary School

Inspirational speakers visit high school

Celeste Lustosa

The Speakers in Schools program brought two young professional to John Pirie Secondary School for a talk that inspired our students.

Emilio De Stefano, an engineer of Smart Fabrications, and Paige Aldenhoven, Trainer Advisor of BHP Billiton, spoke to Year 9 and 10 students about their career path.

Advantage SA runs the Speakers in Schools program that engages young professionals to visit schools around the state, encouraging and inspiring young people to follow their aspirations here in South Australia.

Mr De Stefano is one of the 440 speakers of the program and talked about a career in engineering.

“A career in engineering started as I have always liked to pull things apart to see how they worked,” he said.

“I was also interested in eletronics, like a challenge and wanted great job prospects.

“If I could give you an advice is to not let your grades scare you away or anyone bring you down.”

Students Jordan Matthews said the speakers were pretty good.

“It was good to hear about the different things they do,” he said.

“I learned that engineers do a whole lot of range of things; much wider than I thought.”

For Emily Hopgood the speakers were a good reminder that, no matter what career path you choose, you can always make a difference in the world.

“The speakers were very good and gave me some ideas of paths I could follow,” she said.

“I want to make a different in the world, help third world countries and I learned today that I could do that as an engineer.”

Taken from The Port Pirie Recorder


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