Upcoming careers dates
|23 Oct||UC Careers with a Humanities Degree|
|30 Oct||Ara, closing date for NZ Certificate in Animal Management & Animal Technology|
|31 Oct||Ara, closing date for Bachelor of Social Work|
|8 Dec||Applications close for most university programmes|
|12–17 Jan||Hands-On at Otago|
|27 Jan–14 Feb||University of Otago Summer School – JumpStart Physics|
Preparing for the workforce
College’s guide for writing a curriculum vitae and cover letter, and preparing for interviews can be found online at https://online.flippingbook.co...
Student jobs guide
MoneyHub has published a comprehensive directory of student jobs for summer 2019–2020, with over 50 well-known employers listed and links to their application requirements. For more information, go to https://www.moneyhub.co.nz/stu...
MoneyHub has published essential tips and suggestions for job interview success. Go to https://www.moneyhub.co.gnz/co...
UC – Humanities Careers Evening
UC invites Year 12 and 13 students to attend its upcoming Humanities Careers Evening to learn about opportunities open to people with a degree in humanities (arts). They will learn more about the wide range of degree options in the humanities, and guest speakers will discuss their own career pathways and what they value about the humanities. The event will take place in Undercroft 101, Puaka–James Hight Building, Ilam campus, on Wednesday 23 October, from 5–7pm.
For more information and to register, go to https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/e...
The transition to tertiary study
There are various online resources available to support students transitioning to tertiary education. Things to consider include
The RealMe homepage features a video explaining the two different RealMe options to prove your identity.
The Placement Test is a mandatory prerequisite for enrolment in the New Zealand Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (pre-employment skills, Level 3). Placement tests will be held at the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute in Christchurch on Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October, and Friday 1 November and Monday 4 November. To register, go to https://www.airnzlearning.co.nz/placement-test
The Woodhouse Scholars Programme
The Woodhouse Scholars Programme provides up to five Woodhouse study grants of $1,000 each to secondary school students from South Canterbury who intend to undertake a course in biological science at any of the three South Island universities (University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Lincoln University). Preference will be given to those who have achieved merit grades or better in NCEA. Each entrant must submit an 800 word essay on the topic: “What I would hope to achieve for South Canterbury as a result of studying bio-science”. For more information, go to http://woodhousescholar.org.nz/
University halls of residence
By now, students should have received news about their university accommodation for 2020. Some will be excited and happy, while others may be worried or upset about the offer. I would encourage students not to make hasty decisions, but give it a few days before they decide how they want to proceed. Even if the accommodation offered was not one of their first choices, it will become their home next year and they are highly likely to have a great time.
StudyLink – You can’t miss it
The annual call to action campaign encouraging students to apply for their 2020 student finance is now underway – with students being asked to apply before Monday 16 December. Students don't need to have their NCEA results or to have locked down all their study plans, as their application can be updated. By applying early, there will be enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before their course starts. Check out the campaign video on Facebook.
For more information, go to https://www.studylink.govt.nz/about-studylink/news/2019/you-cant-miss-it.html.
HERA Whanake Scholarship
To further the aims of the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) and to strengthen and extend industry capacity, HERA offers the Whanake Scholarship, targeted to a Māori student in their first year of a four-year Bachelor of Engineering degree. The scholarship comprises an annual scholarship award of $5,000 and paid summer internship (with HERA) over four years.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to https://www.hera.org.nz/hera-whanake-scholarship/
Practical skills for life
The Ministry of Education has recently published a range of resources and advice for school leavers.
For more information, go to https://school-leavers-toolkit.education.govt.nz/
MAINZ Open Night
The MAINZ Christchurch Open Night will be held at the Audio Engineering campus, 191 High Street, Wednesday 23 October, 7–9pm. Staff and students will be on hand to answer questions, and there will also be a live band recording in the main studio. Enrolments are now open for 2020 programmes, including Audio Engineering, Live Sound & Event Production, and DJ & Electronic Music Production. For more information, contact Gretchen McKinley on 027 262 6760.
University of Auckland – Fast Track offers
The University of Auckland has recently sent out the first of its Fast Track offers. Fast Track offers are made to high achieving domestic and international school leavers who plan to commence their studies at the University of Auckland in Semester 1, 2020. Applicants who accept their Fast Track offer can enrol from Friday 1 November 2019, rather than having to wait until January. This gives them the advantage of selecting their courses early and increases the likelihood of getting into courses that have a limited number of available places. A Fast Track offer is conditional on the student meeting the required University Entrance standard, rank score and any other entry requirements for their chosen programme(s), and is based on their final results in January 2020.
UC – Biomedical Engineering
The new Biomedical Engineering minor is designed to be taken as part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. Biomedical Engineering is the design of products that enhance the quality of life, athletic performance, and rehabilitation for people throughout their lives. Students take on real world, hands-on biomedical design projects in the healthcare sector, access global work experience opportunities, and explore career pathways in healthcare applications, medical device design, and sports or occupational biomechanics.
For more information, go to https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/engineering/schools/mechanical/research/biomed/
University study – having a Plan B
As boys leave College, they are usually confident the study or career decisions they have made are correct. In some cases, however, they may decide to change direction, during or at the end of their first year of tertiary study. For example, we recommend students who enrol in the Health Sciences First Year have an alternative plan in place in case they do not get into their preferred degree programme. I heard recently that at a university where around 900 students had enrolled for a Bachelor of Engineering, within the first two weeks 200 had moved to a different course. There are many different options available, which lead in all sorts of interesting directions – and deciding to make a change is perfectly understandable and acceptable.