Careers expo a must for all
Matamata College is hosting its annual career pathways expo tomorrow and students are encouraged to make the most of the opportunity.
Universities and polytechnics from as far away as Otago will be represented, as well as local businesses, the armed forces, and other training organisations.
Year 13 student Patrice Brewster went last year and said the advice on offer helped her to plan her final school year.
‘‘It was interesting... I found the information was very worthwhile, especially for knowing what subjects to take.’’
Patrice plans to study a beautician and cosmetology course at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic next year.
‘‘There was a lot of information about the course I wanted to take so that was really helpful,’’ she said.
Year 12 student Andrew Crowhurst is planning to leave school at the end of the year to pursue a career in radio.
‘‘Talking to the careers advisers here at school and going to the career evenings gives you an idea of what you need to do to achieve your goals,’’ he said.
He encouraged all students to take the opportunity to speak to the representatives from different tertiary providers.
‘‘Just ask questions, don’t feel like you’re not allowed to ask questions, that’s what they are there for.
‘‘If you show that you are enthusiastic about going to uni, then they are going to want to help you get there.’’
Careers adviser Kym BoltonHampton said the evening was also a chance for parents and family to explore options.
‘‘Students don’t make these kinds of decisions on their own, they make them with the support of their families,’’ she said.
‘‘ To have all these resources together in one place for students and parents to access is so valuable to that decision-making.’’
It was important for students to make the right subject choices and to plan a pathway towards their future career, she said.
Matamata College has a team of three careers advisers, including Gateway co- ordinators, who are available to all students.
The career pathways evening runs from 6.30 till 8.30pm in the school hall and library. For more information contact the careers department at Matamata College on 881 9018.
Taking the next step: Matamata College students Andrew Crowhurst and Patrice Brewster would recommend the career pathways evening to all students.