Are you a school teacher or careers adviser helping a young person into a career?
You know and we know that choosing a rewarding career and getting that ‘right’ first job is hugely important for your students. It can also be difficult.
So we’ve talked to employers we work with and put together the handy hints below. They’ll help you help the young people you work with get to where they want to go.
These are some things your students can do:
- Put together a short CV (curriculum vitae) summarising the skills and experience they can offer an employer.
- Ask a friend or family member to pretend they’re interviewing them for a job. Then practise their answers.
Go to the Tools4Work page to check out our project template for students to use in their CV's.
Visit the Careers New Zealand website for more information.
Start building skills
Your students don’t need to be working to start building their skills. Getting started now shows employers they're serious about learning and contributing to their workplace.
Here are some things your students can do.
- Get a first aid certificate. It’s useful in every workplace.
- Get their full driver’s licence.
- Check out the subjects your school offers. For example, if they want to be an engineer, they may be able to do mechanical engineering as an NCEA subject.
- Many community organisations run useful courses. For example, if it’s a maritime career they’re keen on, they should check out the boatmaster courses at their local Coastguard.