You know when someone asks you what you’re doing after high school and your brain completely blanks because you literally have no bloody idea and you can’t come up with an answer even though the person has been waiting for your reply for the past five minutes? And it seems like every single person is asking you what your plan is and all you can think is ‘I’m still trying to figure out what I’m doing right now, let alone my plans for the next couple of years.’

We’ve all been there. Family gatherings and school events where you spend the whole time dodging questions about your plans in life. As you get closer to the end of your high school career you’ll feel the pressure to have everything worked out and to figure out exactly what you want to do with your life.

It’s tough, because you get so caught up in exams and assignments that you don’t really have a chance to figure out what you’re interested in or passionate about. You can’t find time to try things out, or suss out what you’re keen on because you’re constantly trying to smash through study and get your major works done. That’s where the Skills Show Australia comes in.

It’s a massive careers expo that focuses on trade and skills industries (the name kinda gives it away). It’s the perfect opportunity for anyone who’s interested in a trade to suss out information but, it’s also great for anyone who’s not really sure what they want to do and just wants a better idea of all the options out there.

And, when I say trades I don’t just mean your usual suspects like carpentry and construction. There’s over 500 different careers you can get through VET, which range from areas like creative arts and fashion to manufacturing and engineering, so there will be plenty of options there for you regardless of what you’re interested in.

The expo is in Sydney (at the ICC) and runs for three days, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of June, so there’s heaps of time for you to check out all your options. Plus, you can get hands on and have a go at things like beauty therapy, bricklaying, hospo and mechatronics. On top of that there will be a tonne of industry leaders and experts there to help you figure things out, and entry is totally free; you’ve really got nothing to lose.

Keen? All you have to do is head here and register, then rock up on the day. Easy peasy.