EIT is hosting a significant event for senior secondary students (year 11-13) and the public to engage with employers, industry, and educators to discover the vast range of career options available locally and beyond.
Discovery Day will be held this Thursday (25 August) on EIT’s Hawke’s Bay Campus in Taradale. EIT is holding the event in conjunction with the Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce.
The day session for Discovery Day will run from 9.30am to 3pm, where high schools will be coming onto campus in regular time slots and members of the public are also welcome to attend through that time. The evening session will be run from 5pm – 7pm, with presentations and is targeted toward whānau and the wider community.
Paul Hursthouse, EIT’s Director – Business Relationships and Transitions, says Discovery Day is an important event for school students wanting to decide what career to pursue.
“It is a privilege for EIT to be able to host this event for our rangatahi to connect with the career opportunities out there and we have enjoyed working with the Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and the Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce to make it all happen.”
“Hopefully, this day will encourage more students to explore the employment pathways available to them right here in Hawke’s Bay. A number of local industries and ITOs will be represented at the event, so students will get information to make informed career choices.”
“We work closely with schools, especially though our successful Trades Academy, which has seen many students transition into trades while still at school.”
Paul says EIT works closely with Hawke’s Bay industries to provide programmes that make EIT graduates job-ready, and students will get a taste of some of these programmes at the event.
“The main reason for Discovery Day is to ensure that school students realise that there are many career choices for them.”
Business and computing are just two of the those pathways and John West, EIT’s Dean in the Faculty of Commerce and Technology and Head of School of Business and School of Computing, says the need and provision of accounting and financial services is changing.
“Whether you are a small business managing your books or work in an organization that has an accounting function, accounting and financial education can make a difference for you.”
“At EIT we partner with professional bodies like the Institute of Certified NZ Bookkeepers, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and CPA Australia to deliver practical accounting knowledge that meets professional requirements.”
John says that for some this can mean training to become a Chartered Accountant, for others this could mean learning how to manage your workforce payroll or managing your accounts with XERO. He says others may wish to work in associated financial service fields providing financial planning advice.