Careers day a hit
Students at Te Kura Maori o Porirua got to learn about career opportunities during their first week back of school.
The two-day careers event, coordinated by Partners Porirua and school staff, heard from Porirua mayor Mike Tana, a microbiologist, a lawyer and a chief executive, among others, about their experiences and pathways into work.
There were lots of people out there to help you get to where you wanted to be, said Partners Porirua’s education partnership facilitator Rachel Scott.
‘‘A resounding message from all the speakers was to find something you are passionate about, give it your all and your job will be a joy.
‘‘It was a wonderful project to be a part of, there is so much support in the business community to share their knowledge.’’
Student Kamiria DeMuth said: ’’I really enjoyed this experience because it gave me an idea of what I want to do’’.
On day one the speakers included BOC Gases chief executive Phillip Reidy, who set up the Pauatahanui Lighthouse Cinema and owned and operated an apple orchard, Adrienne Murray, who ran a human resources company, Vai Leavaiseeta, a lawyer at Whitireia Community Law Centre, and microbiologist Alma Higgins.
Day two had talks from Tana, youth coach and drug and alcohol counsellor Jhial McGregor, city councillor and qualified motorcycle engineer Dale Williams, and Downer civil engineer cadet Michael Whinray.