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Let’s bust some myths about careers!

From talking to many (many!) young people looking at their career options over the past few decades, we have come to realise that there are a number of misconceptions out there that are worth addressing

True or False?

1. By the time you leave school you should know what you want to do for a career.


Career decision-making is lifelong. The ideas that we have as youth are often just a starting point, or might be based on ideals and expectations that don’t necessarily translate into a lasting career.

You may need more time to build your career identity and figure out where your place is – and that is okay.

Expect and embrace changes along the way and remember that your career might take time to shape – all of this is normal.

2. Individuals will have six or seven careers or more in their lifetime.


Everybody has one career. Career is a combination of work and life roles including paid/unpaid work and activities you enjoy. The kind of work that you do may change, but the journey you are on is lifelong.

3. If you follow your passion you can’t go wrong.


It depends on what your passion is! Two important questions about your career are: “Who am I becoming now?” and “Who do I want to become?”

Think about who you are becoming now and ask yourself:

· Is this who I want to become?

· What do I truly value, what interests me and what are my strengths; what drives, excites, and inspires me, what frustrates me? What do I admire in others?

Your answers will hint at the person you want to become.

· What are the things I need to do to understand myself better and become the person I want to be?

· Whom can I ask if I am unsure? Who can I bounce ideas off that I trust?

4. A career professional might be the best person to help you.


Talk to your school careers advisor or engage a professional if you feel like you are at a crossroads or need some clarity. Career advisors think beyond jobs – they want to help you pull out where your strengths are and what kinds of fields you can add value to.

Keep up to date with career news and tips on our website

What is…biology?

Biology is the study of living things, from molecules and cells to organisms, populations, and entire ecosystems. As University of Canterbury lecturer Pieter Pelser will tell you, “it’s a great playground for anyone who is curious about the mysteries of life”.

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Believe U Can and take a journey with UC

UC students are smart, innovative, caring and conscious of creating a better world, and we are proud to support them to grow as individuals and become part of our warm and vibrant community.

UC’s new Believe U Can and UCMe campaigns weave the story of UC with some of our students’ own personal journeys and the belief that believing in yourself and others can take you anywhere. Possibilities outside traditional learning at UC are endless, our students have the opportunity to find themselves, connect with others and positively contribute to a changing world.

The poet featured in the video is Wairaamia Tikao Taratoa-Bannister (Kāi Tahu, Waitaha, Ngāti Māmoe, Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Raukawa), a Year 13 student and Head Girl 2021 at Cashmere High School.

People come first at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury (UC), reflecting the intrinsic values of this place: whanaungatanga, manaakitanga, and tiakitanga. These values are rooted in trust, care and reciprocity, and were embedded over generations of Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Tahu presence in the region. Today, these words resonate with the values that underpin the relationships we foster amongst our students, staff and community.

From Kā Tiritiri o te Moana, the majestic Southern Alps, to Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, the abundant Pacific Ocean, the landscapes and waterways of this region provide us with inspiration to learn and grow. We seek to cultivate a spirit of curiosity that welcomes everyone to learn from one another and contribute to our diverse and flourishing community. UC – a place for everyone.

Photo: UCMe student Maeve is passionate about using law as a force for good

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How to prepare for a job interview

Being prepared for a job interview will give you the confidence you need to succeed. We’ve gathered some tips to help with preparation, tests and questions you can ask the interviewer.

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Med Entry UCAT

 For those considering Med School in 2022

“Many year 13 students and parents mistakenly believe that they can only sit UCAT once and only in first year of university. In fact, you can sit UCAT in your final year of schooling and any number of times thereafter. Both Auckland and Otago University allow only one attempt at applying for medicine after the first year of your undergraduate degree. Therefore, succeeding in UCAT is critical. MedEntry suggests that all students who are interested in pursuing medicine sit UCAT as early as possible (in year 13), for many reasons, which are discussed in the following blog:

What is…geology?

Geology is incredibly diverse and multidisciplinary. It’s about understanding our planet so that we can benefit human society and sustain the environment that supports us. University of Canterbury lecturer Kate Pedley elaborates.

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