Jobs expo maps out future paths

17:00, Aug 17 2014

Taranaki Careers Expo exhibitors are preparing for the onslaught today of nearly 2000 teenagers all looking for jobs.

The two-day annual expo opened yesterday at the TSB Stadium in New Plymouth, with modest numbers moving through the exhibits. But today between 1500 and 2000 students will pour through the doors.

Expo Trust chairman Danny Hall said the expo was aimed at anyone looking to start a job or change their career and making sure careers were showcased to Taranaki people.

It was also about the pathways needed to get to the desired careers. Often jobs such as those in oil and gas industry required university, polytech or private industry training.

The expo also aimed at offering a total one-stop package, including advice on what was needed to pay for training and the living expenses involved.

Social media was part of the package with the expo offering young people an Instagram account so they could upload photos and identify what they were interested in.

At the New Zealand Institute of Sport stand, Auckland-based Willie Toelau advised that year 11 students needed to be told to keep their options open, and that their first job was seldom their last job.


Taranaki Daily News