Exams over, jobs search begins

Exams done, the job hunt begins for students

JO MOIR
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013
NCEA students
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TIME TO RELAX: Lucy O'Connell, 17, and Hazel Osborne, 18, have just finished their final exam. They spent the day at Oriental Bay yesterday and hope to have summer jobs lined up next week.

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Exams are finally over, and now Hazel Osborne and Lucy O'Connell are hoping to land summer jobs.

Yesterday was the final day for NCEA exams, and there is no more school for the two Wellington High School year 13 students, who were enjoying the sun at Oriental Bay.

They hope by next week to have jobs in the bag. Miss Osborne, 18, says she is using her parents' contacts to get a job as a lifeguard at a city pool. Failing that, she will look at retail work.

Meanwhile, she faces a wait to find out whether she has a place at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology broadcasting school next year, for which she is on the waiting list.

"If I miss out on the course, I'll pick up a few media papers at Victoria University and do that while writing a blog and getting some work experience," she says.

She was one of the lucky ones who finished exams a week ago, unlike Miss O'Connell, 17, who wrapped up her eight exams on Monday when she sat level 3 agriculture.

She applied for a receptionist role yesterday and plans to study engineering at Victoria University next year.

"I'm pretty confident my exams went well but I won't know if I got in until I get my results."

More than 143,000 candidates have sat 120 exams over the past four weeks.

Papers were now being marked, and would be finished by Christmas, New Zealand Qualifications Authority deputy chief executive Richard Thornton said.

All NCEA results would be available for students to access online from January 15, and scholarship results were due out in mid-February.

A Student Job Search spokesman said there was plenty of work for school-leavers and tertiary students, with more than 3500 vacancies listed since September 1.

The roles available for students include promotional work, call centre jobs, general labouring, website design and retail.

"It's more a case of you name it and, if it's suitable for a student, then it will likely be listed on the SJS website at some point," he said.

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