Exploring all potential career options

Posted on 2017-05-22 by CM

Kate is an A-grade student with a steely focus on her future and is making wise use of her time at high school. The 16-year-old is in year 12 at Inglewood High School and has been getting a taste of future career options as part of the Gateway programme while also studying hard towards an excellence endorsement in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and English. “I didn’t see the point in taking subjects at high school and university if I didn’t know what I wanted to do afterwards, so I chose to do Gateway to help me get an idea of what was out there and what I could do,” Kate says.

With exceptional academic ability, Kate has a wide range of options in front of her, but has narrowed it down to once a week placements in medicine, veterinary medicine and engineering. She has spent time at Taranaki Base Hospital talking to doctors and learning what the job involves, has had a session with health and nutrition specialist Michelle Yandle, is going to complete a 10 week placement with Energy Vets Taranaki, and hopes to visit an oil and gas company to find out about a career in engineering.

Although her decision isn’t yet set in stone and she is keen to see what the other career options entail, Kate says medicine is her likely choice, in particular training to become an anaesthetist – eight years of study in total, with Auckland University her likely destination. “I like the science subjects and biology in particular, and I like that by working in medicine you get to help people.”

Kate, who is on the Inglewood High School student council and is considering putting her name forward for head girl in year 13, says many of her fellow students were surprised she had taken part in Gateway, but she believes it has been hugely beneficial. “I see it as an advantage, not a disadvantage to my school work. I’m doing it during study time, not class time, and I’m getting an understanding of what I want to do in the future. It has really helped me and I would recommend it for other students.”


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