Potential employers joined polytechnics and universities to catch the attention of Mt Hutt College students at the school’s second careers expo.
Some 26 employers and training providers gave a two-minute address to students, then students mingled.
Careers adviser Shannon Reeve said the expo was twice as big this year as last, and gave students a chance to get some direction for the future.
She said the expo would give Year 11 and 12 students an opportunity to think about school subjects; some Year 12 students might be looking at work options, and Year 13 students would be looking at jobs or further training.
Providers included Otago University – a representative from Canterbury University was not able to attend – Lincoln University, Otago Polytechnic, the Southern Institute of Technology, local businesses Mt Hutt Helicopters, Ashburton Contracting Ltd, Carrfields, Ashburton District Council, and Harmer Earthmoving, the Defence Force, ARA and Primary ITO.
College principal John Schreurs said providers liked the opportunity to be at a smaller expo, where connections were more real.
He said he hoped that by the end of the afternoon, students and providers would be exhausted from talking.