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Post your questions here for the Careers NZ team. They'll be online between 12:45 and 1:30 on Monday the 20th of June to answer any career related questions!

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Kia ora everyone,

I will be available to ask questions between 12:45 and 1:30pm dont be shy to throw anything our way,

Kind regards

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Hi my name is Jordan, I am a Careers Advisor for CareersNZ.  

We provide information and advice on jobs and training.  If you are interested in a particular job or course we can tell you what entry requirements you will need and where you can study throughout the country.  

Even if you don’t know what you want to do we can help you generate some career ideas based on the subjects you enjoy or the skills that you have.

Fire away!

Jordan


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Hi Jordan, 

I am in my last year of school but don't know what to do. I am really good at organising things and managing people. I have run school productions and organised events for my house assemblies etc which I really enjoy, but I don't know how I can make a career out of that. I don't want to just do event management courses, becuase I don't think they will be broad enough to get me a decent job when I finish. Can you think of some ideas of jobs and careers that might be good for me to look at?

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Hi Jordan, 

Can you please offer some advice on how to best choose between going onto further study or going into the workforce? 

I am in my last year of school and still have no idea what is going to suit me best. 

Thanks :) 

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Hi Jordan, 

Can you please offer some advice on how to best choose between going onto further study or going into the workforce? 

I am in my last year of school and still have no idea what is going to suit me best. 

Thanks :) 

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Hi Paige,

Thank you for your question.

Many students in their final year of high school find themselves in the same situation.

What is great to hear is that you are already identifying key elements of your school life that you enjoy and are keen to investigate.

It is important to understand that the skills you are referring to are transferable into many roles. We have a great online tool which can highlight career pathways based on your interest.

On completion of the tool you can explore the job profiles we have created and find out key information such as salary and job opportunity:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/tools/careerquest/

I would also encourage you to call our Advice Line Team if you are not sure about your next steps on 0800 222 733

Cheers,

Jordan

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hi there,

I am a bit unsure about what to do next year, if I choose not to go to university what other options can I look at? 

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How important do you think university is in the fabricating and welding industry are?

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If I want to be an electrician am I better to go through a tradies apprenticeship or go to uni and study electrical engineering?

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Hi Alice,

Great question!

It is easy to succumb to the social pressures around us and often when leaving school it can be hard to make the right choice for ourselves.

You may feel that you need to head to university because your friend is going or that you want to do an apprenticeship because your mum is a builder.

Internships, volunteering or cadetships are a great way to dip your toes in an industry and you may find it will give you an insight that you were not aware of.

I would suggest taking the time by speaking with friend and family about your ideas and using them as sounding boards, you may be surprised at how much info your Whanue can give.

We also have a great tool on our website which helps identify pathways based on your interests and would suggest you take part in it:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/tools/careerquest/

And of course we are more than happy to have a chat with you here at Advice line if you have any further questions: 0800 222 733


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Hey, 

What is your opinion on becoming an engineer via a cadetship with Opus for example VS doing one through a university such as Canterbury University? 

Thanks, 

Hunter 

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Hi Kate,

You may be interested in exploring a trade and undertaking an apprenticeship. We have an awesome section on our website which explains how this process works:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/courses/workplace-training-and-apprenticeships/new-zealand-apprenticeships/

You could also enter the work force to get an insight into an industry you may be interested in. University is not for everyone and you may find that the positions you are interested in do not require a tertiary education.

I would suggest exploring our job database which explains the entry requirements for many careers:

http://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/

In preparation for applying for jobs I would suggest checking out our job hunting page which has great tips and tricks on the application process:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/job-hunting/

Cheers,

Jordan

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Hi Ben,

It is important to make sure you have right information about these roles. I would suggest that you review our job profiles on both of these positions and consult the "how to enter the job" section:

Fabrication Engineer: https://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/engineering/maintenance-repair/fabrication-engineer/

Welder: https://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/engineering/maintenance-repair/welder/

You will see that although there are no specific entry requirements to enter these roles each one has a different training style for specialisation or to become qualified.

Cheers,

Jordan

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Hi Gerhard,

To become an electrician you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a National Certificate in Electrical Engineering – Electrician for Registration (Level 4) or a National Certificate in Electricity Supply – Electrician (Level 4)

Be registered with the Electrical Workers Registration Board and have a current practising licence. You may be interested in reading though our Electrician job profile:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs-database/construction-and-infrastructure/construction/electrician/

Taking a pre-trade course with a tertiary provider can provide you with a different point of view and apprenticeships have the benefit of earning while you learn. It really depends on what is best for you, your learning style and lifestyle.

Cheers,

Jordan

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Hi Hunter,

It will really come down to your preference. I would suggest that you contact both providers and ask them for information on the programs in terms of content and delivery.

You may find one is structured in a way that you may find more desirable. Each may have its own perks such as international connections or local projects.

Make sure you take your time and do not feel pressured to sign on if you do not feel confident in your choice.

I welcome you to call and speak with a friendly member of our Advice Line if you have further questions: 0800 222 733

Cheers,

Jordan

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Thanks to all who have asked questions today and hopefully you have gained some information or insight that will help you in the next stages of your careers. 

Once again I would like to invite you all to utilize our free services, both our website and our Advice Line Team:

https://www.careers.govt.nz/

All the best!

Jordan

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P.S Mary from Careers New Zealand will be available tomorrow 21/06/2016 at the same time to take questions. 

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Post your questions here for the Careers NZ team. They'll be online between 12:45 and 1:30 on Tuesday the 21st of June to answer any career related questions!

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