Pre­par­ing for life be­yond school

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Did you ever wish for a hand­book when you en­tered the big wide world on your own as a young adult? If you didn’t, you may still have found one use­ful. First-time au­thor Paul Ben­ni­son, of Wanaka, has pub­lished a book for young teenagers called A school leaver’s guide to the real world. Mr Ben­ni­son, who com­mutes to Ti­maru ev­ery week to work as a sec­ondary school teacher, said many core sub­jects taught in school did not pre­pare stu­dents with the life skills they needed af­ter they left. The book touches on is­sues young adults may en­counter when they fin­ish school. It dis­cusses ini­tial work op­tions, rights when rent­ing a house, fi­nan­cial plan­ning, driv­ing, visas and what may hap­pen if you were ar­rested and charged with an of­fence against the law. Mr Ben­ni­son said with the changes in the fi­nan­cial world, the next gen­er­a­tion of school leavers would need to know a lot more about fi­nan­cial mat­ters when they left school. ‘‘We seem to be bring­ing a gen­er­a­tion up that is quite com­fort­able with debt. And they can be left in debt all their lives,’’ he said. The book was for any­one think­ing about leav­ing school, who had just left school or who was just start­ing out in the work­force or go­ing onto ter­tiary study. ‘‘It is a book for those that want a head start in life and who want a clear di­rec­tion ahead of them,’’ Mr Ben­ni­son said. The book, which costs $26.99 and is avail­able online and from Pa­per Plus in Wanaka and Ti­maru, was pro­duced in Wanaka. It was hoped it would be up­dated ev­ery two years.

Photo: CHE BAKER

Head start: Wanaka writer and Ti­maru sec­ondary school teacher Paul Ben­ni­son with his book, Aschool­leaver’sguidetothe­re­al­world, which has been pub­lished in Wanaka.

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