Ca­reers expo a must for all

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­

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.

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