Plan B urged due to study course limits
Results online and in the mail
With NCEA exam results arriving in mail boxes and inboxes around the country, Career Services is encouraging students to think about preparing a back-up career plan if they don’t get their first choice for tertiary study.
Career Services general manager operations Janet Brown said that not getting into a course could be difficult for students to deal with but shouldn’t be a deterrent to pursuing the directions they wanted for their career.
‘‘It can be a very confusing time if you’ve had your heart set on a particular course. It may feel that your dreams have been squashed,’’ Ms Brown said. ‘‘ But it’s important to keep in mind that there are a range of options still open to you.
‘‘Be sure to take a good amount of time to reevaluate your options and think about how else you can achieve your goals,’’ she said. ‘‘This is your plan B. It may take time and you will need to do some research but Career Services can assist you with this.’’
Ms Brown said that due to funding caps, tertiary institutions must limit their intake of students, even though the demand for places grew every year.
‘‘Some universities and polytechnics will reach their maximum number of funded students in 2011 and some will limit places in certain courses.
‘‘It’s a situation that we are finding more young people have to deal with every year.’’
Ms Brown said that students who missed out on a particular course of study might still be able to get the qualification they want through another route.
‘‘One option is to enrol in a course that is similar or related to your first choice. If, sometime in the South Waikato high school students should get their NCEA results this week.
Results were posted on the New Zealand Qualification Authority website this week and were due to be sent by post from Monday.
‘‘All registered users can now access their results in one place for the first time through the authority website,’’ association deputy chief executive qualifications Bali Haque said. ‘‘This information enables all students to see their examination results along with their previous results.’’
New Zealand Scholarship results will be delivered in mid-February and national NCEA statistics will be available on the association website in late March.
Students must be registered on authority’s website in order to view their entries and results. future, you still want to do the course you originally picked, you may be able to have your results cross-credited.
‘‘However, before deciding on any programme, do ensure that what you’re doing will help you further down the track.’’
Ms Brown also said that although a tertiary application might be declined in 2011, students might still be able to start a course in the following semester, or next year.
‘‘ Right now you should contact someone from the liaison or recruitment office at the tertiary institution you would like to enter, so you are prepared. See if you can find out why you didn’t get into the course and how you might be able to improve your application next time.’’
Ms Brown said a plan B can also include options of part-time work or unpaid work experience that will help your long-term career goals.
‘‘This is about plotting your own course towards the career you want. A great start is looking for work experience in the industry that interests you. You’ll meet good people and make the right sort of contacts, and if you show promise there may be job opportunities there,’’ Ms Brown said.
‘‘Be aware that it is still a tight labour market in New Zealand, so keep your expectations realistic and be prepared with more than one option, without losing sight of the dreams that really inspire you in the direction you want to go.’’
Brown’ – Janet