Careers Expo discovers movie stars and marine biologists of the future

Thursday November 21, 2019 Written by Published in Education
Bank of the South Pacific staff meet Apii Te Uki Ou students to talk about careers. 19112030 Bank of the South Pacific staff meet Apii Te Uki Ou students to talk about careers. 19112030

Careers festival firms up the resolve of some primary kids – and persuades others to change their minds about what they want to do for a living. 

When we last met Maeva Fe’ao, she wanted to be a movie star.

Yesterday the Year 7 Apii Te Uki Ou student visited the big Careers Expo at the National Auditorium – and now she’s loving discovering technology.

The 2019 Careers Expo organised by the Ministry of Education attracted 440 year 7 and 8 students yesterday. Year 9 and 10 students will attend today.

Fe’ao enjoyed her time at the careers expo and says she loved the displays and the different career options they were shown.

“It was cool and I loved the Bluesky display, it’s all about technology.”

She said technology was interesting and she was amazed by how much it had changed people’s lives.

Ministry of Education’s careers advisor Cindy Milanovic said the participation and response from students at the expo was positive.

Teachers were proud of the students’ enthusiasm and a lot of the students received relevant information on careers they wished to follow.

She added that some students changed their minds about their career or what they wanted to do in the future after seeing the many options they had.

For 11-year-old Grace Newman-Holt, though, the Expo firmed up her resolve. Two months ago, she and her mum were out on Muri Lagoon helping whale researcher Nan Hauser with strandings.

Yesterday, her attention was on the Ministry of Marine Resources display.

Ministry staff brought along an underwater camera. “They put bait in a pipe with holes, then the fish come and try to eat the bait – and then the camera measures how much the fish population is growing.”

Grace said she hoped to finish her schooling at Te Uki Ou and Tereora College, then go to university in New Zealand. “Today made me feel much more strongly that I want to be a marine biologist,” she said.

“I’ve always loved the ocean, but this gave me a taste of what I’d be working on.”

Cindy Milanovic also said that the displays and the hands-on activities provided by the exhibitors were a great part of the expo and they made a wonderful effort.

Prime Minister Henry Puna, who is also the Minister of Education, took time out to meet the year 7 and 8 students as they attended the Expo.

“Our mapu, our children are the future of our country,”  he said.

It was a delight to see them exploring future careers in their own country.

Climate Change Cook Islands says this was a fantastic participation from Cook Islands future leaders.

Climate Change Cook Islands partnered with Development Cook Islands, Adaptation Funded PEARL Project and Green Climate Fund Cook Islands Readiness Programme in the two day Careers Expo facilitated by the Ministry of Education at the National Auditorium.

The organisation stated that students answered questions related to the impacts of climate change that they have seen in the Cook Islands and many students spoke about coastal management, food security and global warming.


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