On Sunday 23 May, more than 35 young OGG volunteers returned to the School to mentor Year 10 students at the Geelong Grammar School Careers Discovery Day.

The OGGs talked to students and parents about their careers since leaving school, providing invaluable ‘real life’ information about deciding subjects, university courses and other career paths. Each provided a unique insider’s perspective of their chosen career, exposing students to an incredibly broad cross-section of career paths, from paramedic Tashie Montgomery-Hribar (He'09) to barrister Alex Campbell (FB'11), software engineer Kaitlin Walsh (EM'13), aerospace engineer Johnathan O'Neil-Donnellon (P'12),  clinical pharmacist Angie You (A'11), cryptocurrency entrepreneur James Eddington (Cu'11), childcare Assistant Morgan Temple (Ga'10), Assistant Adviser to the Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Marcus Sevior (P'12), Agricultural Sustainability Officer Jessie Sleigh (Cl'14), Service Designer Connor Forsyth (A'14) and embryologist Celia Talbot (Harbridge, A’08).

Key Note Speaker at the event was lawyer, Lauren Solomonson (Fr'12). Lauren, who is 'the face' of the OGGs online Mentoring Programme, talked to students and parents about the importance of seizing opportunities, developing a personal brand and the support of mentors in life. The OGG online Mentoring Programme and Careers Day itself are both initiatives of the Old Geelong Grammarians, acknowledging the value of the Old Geelong Grammarian network.

“The number one influence on career choice is parents and family, both positively and negatively,” Head of Careers, Peter Craig, explained. “The OGGs are like an extended family, so we can widen that sphere of influence, and students have the opportunity to meet and discuss career paths with an investment banker or a research scientist or a nurse. They are exposed to all of these different careers, in small groups, and they are encouraged to ask the hard questions – so they hear the good, the bad and the ugly; because it is just as valuable to walk out of a session and say ‘well, I really don’t think that is for me’. It is a really valuable experience and it is not just valuable for our Year 10 students – some of the Year 11 student facilitators get a lot out of it as well.”