Greg Coombes became a solicitor at the age of 38.
Greg Coombes became a solicitor at the age of 38.

Grafton Careers Expo on the job

GREG Coombes is proof that age is no boundary to changing career.

In fact, the 40-year-old solicitor from Victoria Street firm McNamara, James & O’Connor believes it can be a helping hand on the road to professional fulfilment.

Mr Coombes will address the 2010 Careers Expo at Grafton TAFE tomorrow about how he came to be admitted as a solicitor at the age of 38.

“I was fortunate – I had life experience in everything I could imagine – family, business, everything,” he said of the task of venturing to university in his 30s.

Mr Coombes will also impart information on the many career directions available for people who complete a Bachelor of Laws – becoming a country solicitor; a city lawyer specialising in one of many new areas; a barrister, or; working for the prosecution.

A varied working life, including jobs as an apprentice electrician and owner of operator of Grafton’s speedway track, eventually led Mr Coombes to his current career change – and he could not imagine anything better.

“There’s no more interesting way to make a living,” he said.

The 2010 Careers Expo will be held at the Grafton TAFE campus on Clarence Street tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.

A cross-section of exciting career options for both school leavers and those tempted for a change will be presented by 31 exhibitors plus a range of guest speakers (see times below).

Grafton Chamber of Commerce and Industry executive officer James Patterson said the expo was the culmination of months of work by Grafton TAFE, North Coast Youth Connections, The Daily Examiner and Country Energy.

“It draws together a lot of information that normally wouldn’t be accessible to the community as a whole,” he said.

Careers Expo: Speakers

10.20am: Mick Brenton (AC Small Maxwell) – Accounting

10.40am: Liza Bloomer (Yoohoo) – IT

11.00am: Robbie Seymour (REMAX) – Real Estate & Small Business

11.20am: Pamela Denise – Professional Community Artist

11.40am: Annette Doohan (Westpac) – Banking

12.30pm: Geoff Wicks (Clarence Coast Motors) – Retail Motor Trade

12.50pm: Pamela Denise – Professional Community Artist

1.10pm: Liza Bloomer (Yoohoo) – IT

1.30pm: Robbie Seymour (REMAX) – Real Estate & Small Business

1.50pm: Fiona Preston (ANZ) – Banking

2.10pm: Ana Vlastaras (The Daily Examiner) – Journalism Break

3.00pm: Greg Coombes (McNamara James and O’Connor) – Law

3.20pm: Ana Vlastaras (The Daily Examiner) – Journalism

3.40pm: Pamela Denise – Professional Community Artist

4.00pm: Robbie Seymour (REMAX) – Real Estate & Small Business

5.30pm: Free networking event at the TAFE restaurant. All invited.



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