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Students check out the Otago Polytechnic stand at the Career Pathways Expo.

By Mick Jensen

Mount Hutt College’s first ever careers expo event has been proclaimed a success and looks likely to be repeated.

The Career Pathways Expo, held last week at Methven Heritage Centre, gave 200 students the opportunity to hear from and question 14 providers.

All Year 11, 12 and 13 students attended plus invited parents and caregivers

The first half of the expo featured an introduction from each provider on what they offered and the second half enabled students to look at displays, take away information and to ask questions.

Providers included Lincoln, Otago and Canterbury universities, Ara, the Defence Force, Primary ITO and Anzco Foods and Lattitude Global Volunteering.

Mount Hutt College careers assistant Shannon Reeve said student and provider feedback on the expo had been positive.

The providers had covered a broad spectrum of career pathways open to students, ranging from higher education through to apprenticeships and job opportunities.

Mrs Reeve said the expo had been a first for Mount Hutt, which in the past had held only career information evenings.

By holding the expo during school hours, and taking senior students to it, had ensured they all had the opportunity to look into options for tertiary study, apprenticeships, gap years, workplace options and career counselling.

Further evaluation of the expo could see it become a calendar fixture at Mount Hutt, she said.

Currently Year 13 students are considering university and other options, while Year 11 and 12 students are looking at subject choices for next year.