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Careers expo inspires students from colleges in Porirua

Oct 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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INSPIRING conversations had Mana College’s hall buzzing with hundreds of local students and career advisors at a major careers expo ahead of the end of term three.

The New Zealand Defence Force’s Isaac Hastings was typical of the recruiters at the event.

“I love inspiring kids to do something with themselves and get out there and make the best.

That’s more motivating than getting people to sign on the dotted line,” Mr Hastings says.

Mana College teamed up with Foundation for Youth Development – Career Navigator, and The Learning Shop, to host the event for Porirua secondary school students.

The expo included many pathways for students to choose from.

Mana College head boy Anthony Collins, pictured, says the expo helped him and other students decide which path they want to take when they finish school.

“Everyone seems so interactive and it looks like most of the students are enjoying it,” Mr Collins says.

Mr Hastings says they are always a popular industry among students.

“We have 105 different trades available across the three services so there’s generally something for everyone.

“I guess our main focus now is helping others, so when u start driving those two combinations together you tend to get a lot of traction,” Mr Hastings said.

New Zealand Police was at the event and Senior Constable Simon Bygate, pictured, assured students that it is not only older people who join the police.right side police

“It’s the young ones who get interested earlier on and it really is achievable. You don’t have to be a super human.

“We just want people especially young ones who are keen, have clean records and are enthusiastic about helping somebody,” Mr Bygate says.

Event manager, Kathleen Frost is responsible for organising the expos with her team at The Learning Shop.

She says the Learning Shop helps students develop skills and attributes that will enable them to have choice in their career pathway.

“The whole idea of it was to inform the kids and introduce them to different industries along with what requirements they need to meet,” Mrs Frost said.

Mana College student Iafeta Risati noticed one particular industry that stood out.

“I saw that most of the students liked the Air Force, so I think they want to be a part of that,” Risati said.

Career Navigator is a ready-for-work programme that’s designed to help secondary school students in need of direction and supports teens in their decision-making around future employment.

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