School leavers’ Toolkit
Making Smart Choices
The latest news about government investment into apprenticeships and how to get into them
Did you know that there are apprenticeships available in NZ in these areas:
Engineering….Food and Beverage….Forestry….Drycleaning….Manufacturing….Printing and Signmaking….Transport….as well as Construction?
Alternative Study Providers for 2021
Higher learning through non-university pathways
List of careers in STEM
No Major Drama Quiz
Mini Careers Quiz
Created by Bulls Eye – try this short quiz. Mrs Blake got “Teacher or Careers Advisor”
Key Information for University Applications (September)
Is a degree necessary?
Some thoughts about pathways to employment in NZ
Read GirlBoss Alexia Hilbertidou’s thoughts:
By: Sonya Bateson
“What do you want to study at university?”
That was one of the most common questions I was asked as a teenager.
Not “What do you want to do when you leave school?” or “What job will you get after high school?”
The only other question I got nearly as frequently was: “Are you going to take a gap year, or go straight into study?’
I always did well at school so it was automatically assumed that I’d be heading off to university. And I did.
When I got there, I hated it.
Some of my papers were riveting, and others I could barely keep my eyes open for.
The food was yuck, the textbooks expensive, and I hated having to share a bathroom with five other people.
The lack of routine threw me, as did suddenly becoming responsible for all the minutiae of adult life.
I made it through one year and never went back, with a mountain of student debt hanging over my head.
It took me until I was 21 to figure out what I wanted to do, then I chose to go to polytech to study.
It was 9am-3pm each day, 18 months rather than three years, and had a heavy focus on practical skills.
By then, I’d grown up a bit and knew a lot more about the adult world – although I still had a lot to learn.
I only wish I’d known earlier that university wasn’t the be all and end all.
It seems today’s teens are picking up that life lesson a lot quicker than I did.
As reported in the Herald on Wednesday, Ministry of Education data show the numbers of students leaving school aged 17 or under jumped by 8 per cent last year to 34,763.
Ministry deputy secretary Dr Craig Jones said there was an increase of 1.5 per cent in the employment of 15 to 19-year-olds in 2017.
Going straight into the workforce is a fantastic option for many teens, particularly if they’re going into an apprenticeship.
You don’t need to go to university to get a great job or have a fulfilling career – and it’s pleasing to see this is being recognised.