Rodney College has an excellent history of students entering the workforce, apprenticeships and tertiary education on completing their secondary schooling. The Careers department is headed by Mrs Bronwyn Dempster. Colleen Wright runs the Gateway programme in the college which gives students valuable vocational experiences prior to exiting school. Our academic counselling programme has a strong focus on the career pathways for our students and Mrs Dempster is always available for extra support with career information, advice and opportunities. The school has strong links with the universities and polytechnic institutions throughout New Zealand and the liaison officers from these providers are available to the school regularly for course advice, course planning, information days, scholarships and Halls of Residences. Careers notices are available in the daily school notices and on the Careers Notices Link. Contact Mrs Bronwyn Dempster, Head of Careers at 09 423 6030 ext 153 if you have any queries regarding careers or wish to advise the college of a position available in the work force for one of our students.
Photos from Our 2016 Careers Evening
Parents - the first career advisers
Empirical evidence suggests that PARENTS ARE THE KEY INFLUENCERS in the career decisions of their children. The question is – how relevant is their advice? Is it based on their personal biases, or is it based in the reality of the world of work we now live in?
Parents often desire a linear career pathway for their children, believing this is the way to a secure income and stability in life. However, this isn’t always true, as the working environment has changed significantly in recent decades and is now much more flexible. Strict parental expectations for careers can create an atmosphere of anxiety for students.
What parents of school and tertiary-aged students need to know is that the concept of a ‘job for life’ is now outdated. It may have once been the norm, but these days, according to Statistics New Zealand, Kiwis are changing jobs frequently. Switching up jobs, companies and even whole industries every couple of years is commonplace.
Obviously for some positions – doctors, lawyers and engineers, for example - specific degrees are necessary. But for many jobs, qualities that help a student stand out can be developed through a variety of different subjects and qualifications.
What matters most in the job market
Parents should embrace the notion that it’s not always a specific qualification that leads to opportunities. To stand out in the job market, it’s the capabilities a student grows and develops through their study, combined with other activities including part-time jobs, volunteering, internships, hobbies and more, that make the difference. People are much more successful studying what they’re good at and what they enjoy compared to something they're pressured into.
If a student can articulate what they can offer to an employer and demonstrate they are flexible, adaptable and have learning agility, they will be able to gain employment in a variety of industries and will be better positioned to progress their career and remain employable throughout life.