Plan B urged due to study course lim­its

Re­sults on­line and in the mail

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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

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