Zach gets facts on careers

STEPHANIE FAWCETT
Last updated 05:00 06/06/2012
Workforce
WORKING HARD: Edgewater College student Zach Soakai, 16, enjoyed seeing how businesses worked for Workchoice Day.

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Just one day of experience has helped Zach Soakai decide what he wants to do.

The Edgewater College student was one of thousands of high schoolers around the country who took part in Workchoice Day last month.

The day is organised by the Workchoice Trust to let secondary school students experience what it's like to work in a certain field or industry.

"I was part of a group that went to McDonald's New Zealand headquarters and to ASB in Greenlane," Zach says.

"I had an idea about business-related careers in general but through Workchoice I got to see there were jobs in things like project management, public relations and human resources. It's given me a better insight into what's out there."

Zach says he now has a more definite idea of what he wants to do when he leaves school.

"I only had a vague idea that I wanted to do something with business before I visited the companies," he says.

"Now I think I would like to go into human resources or maybe even public relations. People tend to only think about being doctors or lawyers or accountants but there are so many other careers out there that we don't really think about. Workchoice was really good exposure to some of those."

Workchoice Day is in its 19th year and the trust's communications and school relations officer Gemma Bright says the event is about preparing students for the world of work.

"A lot of students don't have part-time jobs any more and we want to make sure they have those skills that employers are looking for and help put them in touch with experts and companies that will help them get into their future careers," she says.

"This year we had 4500 students go out to 200 companies from 110 different schools around the country. It's been a great success."

Visit workchoice.co.nz or search "workchoice" on Facebook for more information.

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