The New Zealand government has been providing several pieces of research on suggested career paths New Zealand secondary school students should be considering when leaving school, both those requiring study and those that don't.
One covered by Stuff is a report created by the Ministry of Business and Innovation. The Occupation Outlook report provides information about what careers are going to be in demand, the different levels of salary and the costs involved in obtaining the qualifications required for that career path.
These reports are interesting as they are current pulse of the job market, looking at what the shortages have been and the best estimates of what the shortages will be. Does this suggest that students should consider moving into a career they are not interested in order to meet economic needs? Will a student who studies a subject they are not driven to succeed in be successful?
There are risks in providing this information. It needs to be a carefully managed process to ensure people are not discouraged from studying a subject they love or striving for a career they have dreamt of. Steven Joyce is the perfect example of where you can go with a non mainstream degree... Zoology to Member of Parliment, owning a media company along the way.
The much awaited third issue of Next Step magazine is hot off the press and winging it's way to schools all around the country!
As always, this issue of NextStep is jam-packed with interesting careers stories from young people and their employers from all over New Zealand.
This issue, we talk to people working in horticulture, accounting, human resources, IT, health, customer service and logistics to name a few. We've also got insight into a range of different study options and leadership opportunities.
You can check out the latest issue of Next Step here.
If you'd like a copy or two for yourself or your school, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand’s most renowned retailing company, The Warehouse, has announced that thousands of staff will receive pay increases in a bid to encourage them to take up retailing as a career option. The increase will be introduced to staff working at its three main companies: The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationary and Noel Leeming – who was recently bought by The Warehouse last year. The Warehouse employs about 7,000 staff, and spent $169.4 million on employee expenses in the first half of the year, or about 15 per cent of its $1.11 billion revenue. Staffs who are eligible will receive increases of their wage to around $18.50 and $20 per hour, which would be an extra $50 to $100 per week.
Mark Powell, CEO of The Warehouse group, said the company’s action to lift wages would cost an extra $2 million to $2.5 million in 2014 and 2015 respectively. However, the move would not impact too much on company profits, due to increased team engagement, lower team turnover, improved sales and higher productivity. In order to qualify for the career retailer wage, staff must have completed all required training levels, have 3 years experience at the company or logged more than 5000 hours. Therefore would encourage people looking to work at The Warehouse to stay on for longer terms.
The whole idea of introducing the new wage is to help sway people into choosing a career with The Warehouse Group. This would definitely be a great opportunity for students who are leaving school and are unsure of what to do, as it will encourage them to take up retailing as a career and also thrive on the benefits it produces; i.e increased wage.
The first stage of the wage increase will begin at the start of August this year and the second in August next year.
SchoolConnect is the product of an idea, determination, setbacks, good moments and one massive juggling act of time.
SchoolConnect has been designed and built purely with secondary school students in mind. It is a resource to help every secondary school student in New Zealand look at, evaluate and compare the different options available when leaving school.
We have spoken to numerous students, teachers, careers councillors, companies, universities, polytechs, industry training organisations and companies along the way. From these discussions SchoolConnect was born.
SchoolConnect will change, evolve and improve over time as information is updated and added, as more functionality is built, as we talk with more students finding out exactly what is needed at this crucial stage in life!
Let us help you decide what you do next, no matter if you want to Work, Study or Travel the world.
If you have any ideas or suggestions please let us know! We want all the feedback we can get so email us at email@example.com with your thoughts.
Having a good CV is great, but often employers expect you to have a cover letter to go with it.
Think of your CV like a fact sheet. Without a little bit of explanation it doesn’t really show people who you really are beyond your work experience, school and extra curricular activities. If your CV is a fact sheet about you, then you can think of your cover letter as the actual application for a job.
Your cover letter should be no longer than one page, and should be simple and to the point.
Focus on how the employer can benefit from you and your skill set, as opposed to focussing on yourself. Use sentences like “I believe *Skill A* could be of great use when working within the team environment that you have at *Employer*”.
Look for key words in the job ad that tell you what kind of person the employer is looking for. Take the ones that apply to you and explain how you have displayed/learnt these qualities. For example, if the employer is looking for someone with confidence and who is responsible, explain to them how you are confident and responsible (only if you are of course!) and how you can apply these traits at work.
For your layout, keep it basic, but formal. Be sure to include the employers name and address.
We all know how hard it is to get your dream job, let alone a job. We have found an article on the NZ Herald that has provided some tips from Garry Collier, owner and partner at EDGE Recruitment, on how to get your dream job. These tips may be simple, but are extremely effective and may be the difference between you getting your dream job and missing out all together. Below we have extracted from the article, 5 tips, that Garry Collier thinks is very important when going through the application process.
This week Monday to Friday has been Career Week at Stuff.co.nz. Each day covered a different theme detailing five different groups of New Zealand industries. Friday's articles relate to Information Technology and Telecommunications – the so-called ‘geek’ industries.
Statistics New Zealand’s Household Labour Force Survey for the quarter ending September (2013) showed that the number of people employed in New Zealand increased by 1.2% over the last quarter. Employment has risen 2.4% on the last year. These figures suggest steady improvement in the labour market. Good news for school leavers and Graduates!
Even better news for those entering into the IT industry – Stuff reported that skilled IT workers are so sought after that salaries have surpassed those of doctors positions advertised on Trade Me. IT jobs account for over 15% of jobs listed on Seek.co.nz, and Careers NZ outlines a number of IT jobs that are currently on New Zealand’s skill shortage lists.
Studying Software Engineering or Computer Science is the traditional route into IT. However, people who have studied Engineering, Science and Business studies can also find job opportunities. IT is applied in a wide range of different industries, so it is important to understand how to apply technical skills to customers.
While qualifications are important, some companies have been known to hire people who do not hold a degree, but who have excellent practical skills. These are the sorts of people who code and create for the love of it.
Spend time 'career window-shopping'
What jobs could suit you? What training/study is needed? Are scholarships available to pay study fees? Are particular school subjects required? What is the pay? Find out through internet, info presentations, talking with careers advisors and people already in the jobs, Gateway/work placements, Trades Academies and taster courses. These all provide opportunities to ‘try before you buy’.
If there is a compulsory subject required for tertiary study, it will usually be in a Science, English-rich or Maths area
While most tertiary courses can be undertaken with no specific subject background, you can keep options open by continuing with the above as long as you are able.
Employers will pay for your skills
Job-specific skills are gained through on-job training and/or study at polytech, university or a private training provider. However, many ‘soft’ skills, eg communication and teamwork, can be gained through part-time and voluntary work, involvement with sports, community or cultural groups and hobbies.
Get to know the job market
Maximise job opportunities by training in a field with skill shortages. Determination, however, can go a long way in fields with limited opportunities.
Don’t despair if plans are unclear when you leave school
Take a 'gap' experience to further explore. Consider full/part-time work, part time study, travel, voluntary work and free Youth Guarantee courses.
You will be paid to work when you get a job
There will be boring/challenging stuff at times, no matter how suitable the job is.
Career plans do change
Many factors influence careers, from government policy, technology advances and global trade to life events and plain luck. Your skills, learning and experiences can be drawn on, transferred and built upon as the situations change.
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The latest issue of Next Step Magazine is now out, with another great set of careers stories and advice.
Check out the online version here or visit your school's careers services for a copy.
Highlights of this issue include:
We're chuffed with another great magazine, which can be expected in schools from the 10th of October. If you or your school hasn't received copies, please get in touch with us.
Highlights of this issue include:
and much, much more!
We're also launching a second edition of Careers Week in late October. Keep your eyes peeled for dates and our live chat timetable!
Check out Char Mulin’s tips to help you budget with your student loan!
There are few things that test your self-control more extremely than receiving an allowance from study link. There you were, living in near poverty for what felt like eons. Then behold! The student loan gods decide to bless you with a saving grace. A hefty (maybe not do hefty) sum of cash lands in your pocket, and threatens to wipe your memory of the humbling experience of living off BBQ Chicken Migorengs for the past week.
I’m here to bring you back to reality and remind you that sometimes you need money for important things. You know, like rent? Groceries? Living? Luckily, I’ve whipped up some steps to help you budget and ensure you don’t perpetuate the cycle of exorbitant spending that rapidly descends into self-loathing destitution.
For some inexplicable reason, landlords and accommodation services don’t like it when you don’t pay them your rent. It’s a harsh world we live in, having to offer financial services simply to avoid perishing in a field somewhere, but what can you do.
Having a savings account with a direct debit to immediately transfer your rent upon your installment saves you a lot of hassle, and it’s out of the way so fast it won’t even devastate you that much. Then you just pretend that your savings are guarded by a ravenous dragon, and if you touch them, all of your friends will perish. Like in The Hobbit.
THAT’S RIGHT, MORE SQUIRRELING AWAY! God, isn’t this so fun? Bills are different from rent in that they loom over you more ominously; you know you’ll be slapped with one at some point, but you don’t know when or for exactly how much, and every time you hear the post come in you’re consumed by fear of the bomb waiting for you inside an envelope from the power company.
It’s best to be prepared for the worst, so think rationally about how much you’re realistically going to be charged, safely place it away, and guard the heating with totalitarian dedication.
This step requires a bit of math, something we all vowed we’d never need upon leaving secondary school. Unless, like, you’re doing a Maths degree or something, in which case go you.
I know the excitement of one installment of your student loan is almost too easy to blow, but find out when your next one will be, and calculate how much you can spend per week with the remaining amount you have. No matter how abysmally tiny this amount may seem, I promise that you will manage, which leads me nicely onto the fourth step…
It’s so easy to just follow all your hedonistic impulses when food shopping and sweep everything that looks vaguely delicious into your basket. But honestly, following a food budget is just as satisfying, if not more so.
Dedicate a reasonable amount of your weekly allowance to food, and don’t go overboard when you’re in the store. Plan meals beforehand. Go for basic instead of name-brand. Eat more fresh food. It’s surprisingly rewarding following some sort of structure. Your blood sugar will thank you alongside your wallet.
Okay, I’m an obsessively organised person, so I don’t know if this is a weird habit or not, but I write down everything I spend. It’s easier to adhere to my weekly allowance if I do so, and I can loosen or restrict my spending habits per day depending on how I’m doing.
Too many of us fall into the habit of thinking that debit payments don’t really count, that the money’s only gone in an abstract sense, so this is a way to cut down on excessive splurges since you can physically see the effect of your actions.
Even if you only have $3 left of your weekly budget, you should always try and do something nice for yourself. It could just be getting something from Starbucks, or maybe even a pair of shoes. As long as you have enough leftover at the end of the week, you should totally treat yourself.
Budgeting doesn’t have to mean sacrificing all material pleasure and living the life of a monk. Being conscientious with your money is hard work, so you deserve a reward every now and then. Prepare for the moment, and don’t think about the crushing debt you’ll be saddled with once you graduate.
Ah the dreaded question at the end of an interview...... “Do you have any questions for me?” This is definitely a question you can (and should) prepare for no matter what the role. Asking a good, smart question shows your interest in the role, may help you decide if you actually want the job and possibly secure a job offer from the employer. Below are a few questions that you could consider asking at your next job interview:
Finding out what kind of work-life balance you are in for is important in deciding whether you are the right fit for the role. If working late hours or being required to work weekends is not your thing. If you prefer structured weeks, goal setting and daily guidance. These are things to consider in order to know what you are in for.
Each role will have its challenges. Often employers hire staff who can mange these challenges and bring in solutions to improve the efficiency of the business. By identifying what the problems are and comparing them to your skills and your ability to mitigate challenges the employer will be able to see you are the right fit for the role.
Often it is hard to interpret exactly what your interviewer is thinking. To get a better understanding of how your interview has gone and whether the employer thinks you are suitable for the role, ask about any concerns they may have. For example a concern of theirs might be that you are unreliable due to other commitments you may have. Finding this out will allow you to better define what hours you are and are not available to work.
Going in to a role it is important to know what opportunities will be made available to you. How will your role progress over the next two years? Will I be involved in any training or study? What skills should I expect to build on?