Who would of it thought it possible 10 years ago that video games could launch a young person’s career into the stratosphere?

I have seen it happen, right here in the City of Logan, under my own roof.

What started as a hobby on YouTube commentating on video games led to 14 million subscribers and a global content gaming business for one of our city’s successful young entrepreneurs.

While I’m immensely proud of my son Lachlan and what he has achieved, gaming was just one of the many booming careers to be explored at Council’s IGNITE Youth Careers Expo this week at the Logan Metro Sports & Events Centre.

There were experts presenting across a range of exciting career opportunities.

It was fantastic to see the interactive zones with sessions on beauty, the STEM disciplines, cooking and music.

Attendees learned about resume writing and taking professional headshots in the new expo zone, where presentation tips proved popular.

Entrepreneurial spirit was soaring as the ambitious and the curious met to talk about jobs and aspirations.

Sometimes all young people need is the right advice and some carefully considered guidance to get them on their way.

Of course, a bit of luck also helps and every successful tradie, truckie or techie will tell you that sometimes you just need a lucky break.

But luck alone won’t get you there. You also have to put in the hard work. My guiding philosophy is ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’.

Some might say that as a commando in the military I undertook an unlikely career path to becoming a politician.

However the leadership skills that I learned as a soldier in the Commando Regiment are still handy to this day.

It’s never too late to change gears or switch careers and in the City of Logan we will see more exciting  opportunities for our young people.

I am passionate about seeing youth getting inspired to take the next steps and exploring career pathways.

After IGNITE was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was great to see it back to celebrate its 10th  year.

Hopefully some of the first group who attended the event back in 2011 are now forging successful careers in their chosen fields.

A big thanks to employment agency Maxima for sponsoring the event this year and to all the presenters, organisations and career professionals for supporting this excellent initiative.

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