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