Almost one year ago, WAI (Australia) held its first annual conference in Brisbane. At that event, many of us realised that although we were scattered right across Australia and across different areas of aviation, we were having similar conversations with members of the public. They just couldn’t believe that we did what we did and didn’t know that women could be in their roles. For us, it really hit home that the phrase ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ unfortunately was true.

Since then, Qantas has held a careers day in Brisbane in March and on Saturday Sep 23, it was Perth’s turn. Qantas, in conjunction with WAI Australia, held an aviation careers day for young women. Over 70 guests with students ranging from year 7 to university students, had the opportunity to tour a Qantas Boeing 737-800 and Qantaslink Fokker 100 with licenced aircraft maintenance engineers, type rated pilots and cabin crew.

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An Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) tender joined in the show, along with representatives from the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF)Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Aeroclub Western Australia (RACWA) and Airservices Australia air traffic control (ATC), with a local tower and a terminal area controller who were able to show the students some of the equipment that they use and to answer their questions.

The best thing about all this is that almost all the volunteers were women. #CantBeWhatYouCantSee? Not at this careers day! 

 A big THANK YOU to Qantas for running the careers day and to Boeing Australia for so kindly providing some goodie bags for the students to take home!.

Qantas First Officer Miss Haidee Wong – WAI Australian Mentoring Outreach Director