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Exploring Career Pathways

By | June 26, 2017

Careers education at Woodford House offers the opportunity for students from Years 10-13 to explore and broaden their understanding of a range of professions, courses and training so that they can make sound choices. This term, girls attended two events where they experienced a taste of the future.


Hawke’s Bay Careers Expo 2017

The annual Hawke’s Bay Careers Expo brings together more than 60 providers from education, business and industry offering information and guidance on future pathways and career options to senior school students.

This year’s expo was filled with hands-on activities for students to get involved in, such as playing instruments and singing, virtual drone racing and flying, games, product sampling, art activities, vertical jumping and balancing. Tertiary institutes, including universities and polytechnics, and private providers were on hand with information about their courses and campus facilities.

The whole group was most engaged and it was a pleasure to accompany the girls and see them actively seeking information and speaking to the liaison staff fronting each exhibit. The hour went very quickly and some students commented they would have liked more time there.

Health Careers Expo

The Health Careers Expo is an annual event targeted at Year 10 and 11 students. It is based at the Education rooms at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital. This year, 27 clinical and non clinical stands were on show and many had hands-on activities for students to participate in. Experts were available to talk about their work and what’s required to get into each profession.

The Health Careers Expo leads into the Incubator programme, which is for Year 12 and 13 students. This year, 13 senior students attended the 90-minute sessions for this popular programme. Each session profiles at least two different roles within the health sector. Students are encouraged to look further than the familiar roles, such as medical specialists, when considering a future in the health sector.

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Kaylee and Tessa suture skin cuts.

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Kaylee, Juliet and Madeleine visit the midwives.

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Pippa performs keyhole surgery.

Madeleine sutures skin cuts.

A group of Year 10 and 11 students were asked about their experience at the Health Careers Expo:

Madeleine Thompson, Year 11

What did you enjoy most?

I enjoyed talking to the various members of the hospital staff and learning about their jobs.

What did you learn or find interesting at the Expo?

I found out that when you donate blood it is separated into three different groups, which could save multiple lives.

Do you feel more or less interested in the possibility of a career in the medical field following the Health Careers Expo?
Still the same really, but intrigued in other careers as well.


Tessa Burns, Year 10

What did you enjoy most?

All the different jobs in the hospital, and the hands on activities.

What did you learn or find interesting at the Expo?

I learnt about the specifics of working as a technician or in a lab.

Do you feel more or less interested in the possibility of a career in the medical field following the Health Careers Expo?
I am very interested in a job in the medical field and this trip boosted this goal.


Kaylee Hutchinson, Year 10

What did you enjoy most?

Being able to interact with displays and to actually communicate with people who work in those fields.

What did you learn or find interesting at the Expo?

How many different jobs there were and how the hospital was run by so many different people.

Do you feel more or less interested in the possibility of a career in the medical field following the Health Careers Expo?
It has definitely informed me on the wide range of careers available in the medical field and has made me more interested in it.

Pam Knight, Careers Advisor and HOD Technology