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Victoria University Financial Survival Guide 2019
A useful handbook to managing the costs of university study at Victoria University in Wellington.
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An online tool to create a CV for you. Good feedback from employers about this format.
Secret of getting an Interview … don’t hide references!
References and testimonials increase the chances of a resume being read. A statement from another person carries more weight that what you say about yourself.
Rather than writing “references available on request” create a reference heading and add a snippet from each referee so employers can read what others say about you when they’re reading your resume.
We live in an endorsement driven society where recommendations of others influence what we buy, view or listen to. Example:
- “Jenny is an excellent student who has leadership qualities” Joan B. Year 12 Teacher.
- “A keen footballer, John works hard staying fit, never misses training and gets on well with team mates.” Bill S. Football Coach
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Mini Careers Quiz
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Some thoughts about pathways to employment in NZ
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.