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There are many ways in which you can help and support your son or daughter in their journey through their career exploration and development process. Here, we offer you answers to some of the most common question that parents ask. We hope that the answers will help you to support your student as they make choices about their preferred career and seek and apply for work experience and graduate roles or further study.
Rest assured, if you don't find the answers to your questions below, we'll do all that we can to help, so please contact us.
A: The Career Service has a Careers Consultant on each of Massey’s three campuses. We offer your son or daughter access to a wide range of careers information, advice and guidance services free-of-charge. These services cover issues that include their career choice and development; exploring their skills, values, interests and career or further study options; finding work of any type and ways in which they might build their skills and develop their employability. Find out more here.
In addition to offering them one-to-one help we offer them access to job opportunities; advice on finding and applying for work and we facilitate a broad range of events including career expos, workshops, seminars and talks. Your son or daughter can access more information on these under the ‘jobs’ and ‘events’ tabs on Massey CareerHub.
A: We recommend that they make contact with us as early as possible, regardless of the stage that they are at in their career thinking. More than ever before, graduate employers are keenest on job applicants that can offer tertiary qualifications but also relevant skills; experience and a passion for working in the role, organisation and sector concerned.
Where they make contact with us, we can work with your son or daughter to explore their career interests and options; ways in which they might identify and develop the skills employers seek and advise them on finding and applying for work.
You may also want to refer your son or daughter to this careers timeline.
A: In New Zealand’s graduate labour market, it is often the case that degree majors do not necessarily translate into specific career fields. In part as a result of this, we would recommend that your son or daughter selects a major that they feel that they’d find interesting and intriguing.
However, we’d also recommend that they contact us to explore career options for which the majors that interest them might be useful or required. Also, that they seek advice from the university’s Student Advice and Information Unit's Academic Adviser Team and from academic staff in the College that they are enrolled in.
You may want to encourage your son or daughter to take time to explore:
Coupled with this, useful information can be accessed on the No Major Drama web site and on the following:
A: Whilst we cannot find work for your son or daughter, they have access to Massey CareerHub, the on-line portal that we use to publicise jobs and events. This portal carries a very wide range of job opportunities in NZ and overseas – including vacation work; voluntary roles; internships and graduate opportunities. Additionally, the links and information found here may be useful and if your son or daughter contacts us we can advise them on a wealth of ways to find work.
Note that some employers, recruiting for internship and graduate roles in particular, have early closing dates so we encourage you to recommend that your son or daughter starts to explore job search as early in their studies as possible.
A: Yes, and where they are able to, we would encourage them to seek part-time; voluntary; vacation and/or internship-based work experience. Note that in NZ, employers often use the terms summer work, vacation work and internships interchangeably. In the main, internships tend to be more structured than other forms of work experience and often include more training and supervision. Additionally, internships often offer experiences that are more closely related to full-time graduate opportunities. Note that many internship positions are only open to applicants in their second, or later, years of tertiary study.
A: We would say very, as many graduate employers prefer applicants to have done so and a significant number recruit people who have worked before for them. Such work experience is often an invaluable learning experience; an opportunity for your son or daughter to explore their likes and dislikes and to try out different fields to gauge their interest and a useful way of developing contacts.
Work experience is also a great way of developing a marketable and transferable set of skills, including communication; teamwork; leadership; interpersonal; time management and planning and organising.
A: As is the case in many countries, NZ graduate employers are keenest on graduates who have good degrees, some (ideally relevant) work experience; have participated fully in University life and have a track record of taking on responsibility and of achieving. The ability to reflect on and articulate achievements is highly valued, as are skills relevant to the role concerned.
More than ever before, employers expect graduates to ‘hit the ground running’ and to ‘add value’. They are expected to be able to recognise the skills they’re developing by (for example) being a student; in their extra-curricular activities and in any work that they undertake.
Regardless of the roles, sectors or organisations that are of interest to your son or daughter, the skills and attributes sought are likely to include at least some of the following:
A:You, and indeed your wider family and friends, can help in a myriad of ways! First and perhaps foremost, we’d encourage you to try to talk with your son and daughter about their interests, and recommend that they explore different career options and areas of study and
Where you know someone who’s working in a career area of interest to your son or daughter, can you connect them together? Could they ‘work shadow’ that person, and/or interview them for information? Additionally, can you encourage them to access our resources; attend our events and make contact with us?
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Last updated on Sunday 16 April 2017