CareerFest – a fit for everyone


WHETHER you are a pupil attending secondary school, a soon-to-be school leaver, atertiary student or an employed adult considering a career change, next week’s CareerFest Southland is the place for you.
CareerFest is an annual two-day expo held at ILT Stadium Southland. It has been running for more than 20 years and is hosted by the Southland Principals’ Association of New Zealand.
For the past four years it has been organised and run with help from Southern Directionz – Invercargill’s own career advice specialists.
CareerFest co-ordinator and Southern Directionz managing director Dave McKissock encouraged people to attend the event, in particular the community session on Thursday from 5pm-7.30pm.
He said the parents of teenagers could especially benefit “so they can understand the career options their kids are choosing and help them with the transition from school to studying at a tertiary level or moving into the workforce”.
But CareerFest wasn’t just for secondary school pupils and their parents, Mr McKissock said.
“There are a large number of people looking at career change options. CareerFest is a good place to come and get all the relevant information and find out how to move from one career to another, whether it’s through studying options or finding out how a person’s current skills and experiences can be transferred into another career choice,” he said.
“With the evolution of technology there are careers that are in demand, [including] applied and medical science, to all seven disiplines of engineering, to shortages in the health sector and a big demand in humanities, especially currently in New Zealand because of the country’s health and well-being situation.”
There would be more than 40 exhibitors at CareerFest covering a wide range of subjects including tertiary education providers, to community groups such as Rotary, accountants, aviation, and driving schools, he said.
All woulld have representatives on hand to provide information to attendees.
“We are exceptionally grateful to all the stallholders and businesses that are exhibiting. They make CareerFest successful,” Mr McKissock said.