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Result 5 Case Study 9

Otumoetai College

Television drama series NCIS has inspired Otumoetai College student Ellie Robinson to want to study forensics at the University of Otago.

The Year 11 student, who is also a keen artist, has used Vocational Pathways to clarify her aspirations and set a path to make sure she achieves her goals.

“Vocational Pathways has formalised the direction I am heading. At one stage I was considering becoming an Animal Control Officer or a Customs officer, however I realise now that I am more scientific. It’s nice to be creative but I see my art as a hobby.”

Vocational Pathways is a tool that provides a clear framework for vocational options, supports better programme design, careers advice, and improves links between education and employment.

Ellie is also highly motivated in other areas of school life, working towards a Break Free Expedition to Mexico where Otumoetai College raises funds to build houses for the poor.

“All my spare time is taken up with fundraising. Each student needs to raise $4,000 and Otumoetai College an additional $20,000 to build the two houses.

“I wanted to experience a different country and make a difference while doing it.”

Deputy Principal Bruce Farthing says Vocational Pathways is an excellent innovation as a tool to initiate discussion with students. He says the College is using the Vocational Pathways profile builder in conjunction with academic mentoring and online progress reporting with great success.

“Learners are able to identify their progress and identify where they need to raise their level of achievement when planning their courses and check course selections provide the necessary pathways needed to achieve goal,” says Bruce.

 “We are seeing a marked difference in comparison to previous years. Students are more engaged and focused, they are asking better questions when considering their options and our careers advisors are booked out. With progress at the touch of a button, all involved can see what needs to be done for students to achieve their goals. This is no small task in a school of more than 2,000 students. We are also getting great feedback from parents on how motivated students are.”

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