In the first of many seminars by industry experts, Bank of the Cook Islands (BCI) managing director Vaine Nooana-Arioka spoke to commerce students about the importance of finding a career that involves something you are passionate about.
“You need to be asking yourself, what do you want to achieve in your lifetime, what do you want to be remembered for?”
Nooana-Arioka also spoke about the common rush by senior students to jump into a tertiary course straight out of high school.
“It isn’t for everyone to go into studies straight away. A lot of times it can be beneficial to do some work experience and truly find what you are passionate about.
“Don’t think that going to university is the only way to get a career; there are plenty of opportunities available for you.”
Nooana-Arioka said it was becoming commonplace in the business world, to combine commerce knowledge with other fields.
“If you are managing a resort you will need commerce knowledge, if you are starting a small local business, you will need to of course have some commerce knowledge. It is all about finding your skill set.”
Tereora will play host to a number of business from around the island today as part of their Careers Expo, to show students some of their options once they finish school.
Morgan said it was an area that the school was looking to work on more in the future.
“We have identified that we need to be doing more to give our students information and pathways for them outside of school, to help them succeed when they leave us.”
The careers expo will run from 10am – 2pm.