On hunt for dream ca­reer

South Waikato News - - Conversations - TA­MARA THORN

Crowds gath­ered at the Toko­roa Event Cen­tre in search of their dream ca­reer dur­ing the Ca­reers START Expo on Mon­day.

Vol­un­teers gath­ered to­gether to share and ex­change in­for­ma­tion about hob­bies, jobs and ex­pe­ri­ences that they are in­ter­ested and in­volved in.

Silent War­riors ad­vo­cate, cre­ator, and sup­port per­son Jes­sica Pater­son was one of many peo­ple who had a stall at expo.

The pro­gramme is for peo­ple suf­fer­ing silent bat­tles, for ex­am­ple chronic fa­tigue syn­drome, di­a­betes, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, Pater­son said.

‘‘It is youth-based and we do things like the tough guy chal­lenge to show that we are like war­riors and that we stick to­gether and we can get through any­thing.’’

Pater­son went through her own journey last year suf­fer­ing from Chronic fa­tigue syn­drome and said there wasn’t much sup­port avail­able for youth.

She was now she is mak­ing it her goal to as­sure other peo­ple suf­fer­ing silent bat­tles are not alone.

Pater­son made a Face­book page avail­able to ev­ery­one, and re­cently won a change maker of the year award for youth.

The pro­gramme is cur­rently Toko­roa based but would like to spread once it gets more recog­nised.

‘‘My ul­ti­mate goal would be that some­one could no­tice a friend and say ‘hey you know I think you are go­ing thor­ough a tough time, you can go to the Silent War­riors


Jes­sica Pater­son was one of many peo­ple who had a stall at expo.

The Ca­reers START Expo proved pop­u­lar on Mon­day.

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