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Young students study future careers

Sunday October 29, 2017 Written by Published in Local
A group of Year 5 and 6 students write a list of careers they know of. 17102529 A group of Year 5 and 6 students write a list of careers they know of. 17102529

Apii Nikao started the first week of Term 4 with a new study topic, “Careers”.

 

All the school’s students have been challenged to think about careers they are interested in pursuing.

Year 5 and 6 teacher Annie Iona said the study topic aimed to motivate the students to think about jobs or professions they might want to do when they leave school.

“It is important for the students to get an idea of what they want to do while they are young. Their desires may change as they grow up, but at least they will have something to aim towards,” she said.

This week the school students have been listing all the skills they need in order to achieve the careers they aspire to.

“On Tuesday the students did a brainstorming activity, and wrote down all the jobs and occupations they could think of.

“They definitely exceeded my expectations on the different careers they knew of,” Iona said.

To begin their topic, the students have also looked in close detail at the purpose of each career and have identified whether it provides a service or a product to sell.

“We want to broaden the minds of our young people, to think of other opportunities out there.

“We understand that not all students will make it to university, so it’s important for us to show them other jobs and careers that can be pursued outside of university.”

Iona says just because someone doesn’t go to university doesn’t mean they can’t succeed or make money for themselves.

In week six of Term 4, the Year 5 and 6 students will hold an enterprise day and Iona says students will be divided into groups over the next two weeks to come up with a product they can sell.

“They have to come up with strategic ways they can advertise, market and make sure they have a reasonable budget for the making of their product,” she said.

Iona says this is a great opportunity for the students to get involved in something creative and entrepreneurial. 

Money generated will go towards the school’s picnic day at the end of the year.