Hundreds of students packed into the oven that was the Telecom Sports Arena, but it wasn’t just the heat setting their minds alight.
Secondary school students from all over the Cook Islands were faced with a number of career information exhibits and university representatives whose brains were ripe for the picking.
The expo began with an official opening ceremony attended by Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Henry Puna, the Acting New Zealand High Commissioner and many other MoE officials and delegates.
The expo was opened with a special song from Araura College students, followed by a devotional thought.
After sharing his own experiences and career pathway, the Prime Minister declared the expo officially open and the students dispersed to explore the arena.
Careers advisor and expo ‘wonder woman’, June Hosea, says the expo went very well and she would like to offer her sincere thanks to all the exhibitors who participated this year.
“I am sure that many students benefitted from the expertise, knowledge and skills shared and now have a clearer vision of what they need to do in order to obtain the career of their dreams,” she says.
Hosea says the most satisfying thing is having students go to her and share their enthusiasm about the conversations they have had with the various exhibitors.
She says it is great hearing how these interactions have helped students to see the value in getting a good education and making career plans that will help them secure their dream jobs.
“I also got a kick out of seeing how many people in the workforce are passionate about helping our young people achieve their goals, and sharing their own personal career pathways with the students in order to encourage and inspire them.”
Many exhibitors expressed how impressed they were the type of questions asked by students and also by their general behaviour.
Newcomers to the expo, the Seabed and Minerals Authority (SBM), were happy to be involved this year and were excited by the number of good questions asked of them.