Students hear about defence force careers

Thursday June 28, 2018 Written by Published in Education
A variety of year groups took the chance to hear from Mark Dunn of the New Zealand Navy at Tereora College yesterday. 18062711 A variety of year groups took the chance to hear from Mark Dunn of the New Zealand Navy at Tereora College yesterday. 18062711

After showcasing potential careers at Monday’s Maritime Expo at Avatiu harbour, Mark Dunn held a seminar at Tereora College yesterday to provide more information for students interested in joining the New Zealand Defence Force.

Students from Year 10 to Year 13 gave up their morning tea break to find out more about a possible career in the armed forces.

Dunn showcased options for the students in the Army, Air Force and the Navy and talked about the benefits from the potential wages available, countries they could visit as well as the sporting opportunities that make up a large part of the culture of the Defence Force.

Tereora College principal Tania Morgan said having Dunn come and speak to her students was important as it showed the pathways available to students.

“There is always interest from our students in careers in the Defence Force so we are always appreciative to have a representative come and explain their options”.

Year 13 student Geneva Miles said she was particularly interested in joining up.

“My older brother applied a few years ago and until then I hadn’t given it much thought myself. But now I think it could be a good option for me.

“I think I am leaning more towards the Navy and would like to do something in a medical field. Having someone like Mark come here is really great. He knows what he’s talking about and being able to understand more about what a career in the Defence Force is like is fantastic”.

Dunn fielded questions from a couple of smaller groups of students at the end of the seminar, about various aspects of working in the Defence Force, the physical side of training and even the hairstyle requirements!

Dunn said if enough students applied, later in the year a representative could come to Rarotonga and help conduct testing to make the application process easier.

He also spoke to students from Titikaveka College.

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