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Lesley Taylor —

It has been an interesting year for the Careers Team at Logan Park High School.

In February the pop-up job shop started our year with job listings for vacancies across Otago. It provided a good opportunity for our Careers' students to see the types of jobs available in the local area.

In March Inzone’s high-tech Career Bus parked up in school. Its interactive touch screens enabled our senior students to watch inspirational videos on a wide variety of careers. After viewing videos of their choice, students could make informed and practical decisions about future career options and ask for further information to be sent.

In Term 2 Gateway students went off to their job placements for one day each week. We had students working in a variety of work placements including hairdressing, cafe work, primary school and kindergarten and a pet store.

In June, the 2018 Dunedin Careers Expo allowed our senior students to explore their futures. This year's expo consisted of more than 40 stands, showcasing a variety of career pathways, including tertiary institutions from across the country, Industry Trades Organisations (ITOs), tourism and hospitality training providers, NZ police, NZ Defence Forces and Dunedin employers. The event aimed to give year 11 and 12 pupils opportunities to explore career pathways and talk one-on-one with exhibitors about available possibilities. It was a valuable opportunity to clarify study and career goals and get up-to-date information directly from providers. The Careers Expo continues to provide an engaging, informative and interactive platform for Logan Park students to explore their future options. 

In Term 3 tertiary education providers visited school to promote their courses and clarify entry criteria for Year 12 and 13 students. This was followed up by School Career’s interviews for seniors.

In August Year 10 students were introduced to the Careers website and were encouraged to start thinking about their futures with the Career Quest interactive tool. This was followed by an assembly and an evening to explain NCEA and prepare the way for option choices.

In Term 4 Year 9 students were given the chance to think about where their studies lead in preparation for the important option choices they make for next year.

Many senior students have signed up for STAR funded courses through Mrs Winiata over the course of the year. Popular courses have been the barista and bartending courses; defensive driving and First Aid.

The Careers team would like to remind parents and students about the Careers blog on the Logan Park website. We welcome individual appointments for Careers advice from Mr Sewell or Ms Taylor in room 6.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.