Huge numbers of students and families turned out to attend Liston College’s inaugural Careers Evening on Wednesday 26 June. Around 50 tertiary, training and trades organisations were represented and by all accounts the evening was a great success. Twenty minutes before the official start time, the school Gymnasium was already filling up fast with families eager to find out about future pathway options for students. By 7pm it was packed as parents, boys, siblings and whanau browsed the wide range of expo stands, gathering piles of information to take home, talking to the experts and asking lots of questions. Principal Mr Chris Rooney commented that at one point it was so busy, “People could barely move!”
There was something for everyone from New Zealand Police and Defence Force (very popular stands) to all the main universities, apart from Waikato which unfortunately had to cancel at the last minute. Dozens of private training providers and also trades organisations were present. There was something to appeal to everyone - whether you imagined yourself as a chef, a personal trainer, a game designer, a youth worker, an automotive technician, a pilot, chartered accountant, an animator, a hotel manager, a computer programmer, an engineer, a cameraman, a barber, a flight attendant, a plumber, a chiropractic, an outdoor education instructor or even a skydiver! Students could also find out about gap year or overseas volunteering experiences, such as with Camp America or Lattitude (pun intended) Global Volunteering.
A highlight was Dean Daniel Girven getting a haircut from an old boy, Ilaijia Gaunavinaka, with Cut Above. Two other ex-Liston students were also there to share their career insights: Hamish Chand who is training to be a pilot with Southern Wings and Sento Pinto who is a mechanical engineer with Air New Zealand.
The providers were delighted with the level of interest shown. One representative said: “What an awesome turnout and well engaged young men and their families.” Another said: “It was a great evening for your school and also for us providers as well with plenty of engagement and great conversations with your students and their whanau.” And another: “We really enjoyed engaging with your students and the families who came through. It was awesome to see the passion in the boys to go further with their education!”
Many of our Student Leaders were available to support the evening, greeting on the door and helping providers set up their stands. Year 13 student Jamie Baker did a great job as our official photographer for the night. Thanks also to the staff who gave up their time to help behind the scenes and those who attended to support the evening. Finally, a big thank you to you, our school community, who took time out of your busy lives to make this event a priority. I am sure it will have made a difference in helping our boys dream about future possibilities and be motivated in working towards achieving career goals.
Sarah Shepheard, Careers Advisor