Just The Job; Season five episode eight
There are so many careers to choose from that it can be difficult to know where to start. That's where Just the Job can help and this week, the show goes behind the scenes of another three varied careers to give you more ideas about what's out there in the job market.
Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
Karl from Tauranga Boys College is heading along to the Stihl Shop in Tauranga which sells and services a wide range of power, battery or battery outdoor power equipment. This could be anything from chainsaws and lawnmowers to hedge cutters and line trimmers.
Karl is quickly onto his first task when the shop's apprentice, Jesse, shows him a chainsaw that has come in for repair. Before anything can be done, it must be given a high pressure clean and that's where Karl steps in. Next up he's in the workshop and assigned to take a look at a motor mower that has water in the fuel. He needs to drain the fuel tank and carburettor and then get the mower back together correctly.
Servicing and repairs are one aspect of the role but Karl also needs to be able to generate an invoice for the work he's done so Jesse shows him how to do this on the computerised system.
A great occupation for those who enjoy being hands on, an outdoor power equipment technician must also have good communication skills to talk to customers on the phone and in person. And when a machine has reached the end of its useful life, they need to put on their salesman's hat and be able to help a customer find a replacement.
For Karl, the opportunity has been valuable and he was able to step up and take on the variety of jobs and challenges set for him showing plenty of potential if he decides this is just the job for him.
Production Worker - Bottling Industry
Jordyn from Onehunga High School likes to learn new things so investigating the role of a production worker in the bottling industry at Frucor is a great opportunity for her. Production workers in the food and beverage industry prepare ingredients, operate machinery and bottle or package products.
At Frucor in Manukau, Jordyn follows through the process of
firstly preparing and creating the drink to be packaged and then
observing how it's canned and readied for distribution. It's not
long before she's weighing ingredients and putting them into the
large mixing tank. Luckily, when she's told the many packages of
ingredients need to be added, she's given a helping hand.
As the day progresses, Jordyn learns about the filling room where 400 cans every minute are filled, the quality control on both product and cans and takes a taste test. Taste testing is part of the training and Jordyn's taste buds are certainly finely tuned when she picks up the new batch tastes slightly different to the sample product.
Once the quality is assured, it's time for the robots to take over and complete the packaging process. For Jordyn there has been plenty to learn and being motivated is certainly an important aspect of being successful in this career.
Primary Kura Kaupapa Teacher
Interested to find out about teaching, Te Wehi from Hamilton Boys High School is keen to see what it's like to be a teacher in an environment where classes are taught in Te Reo Maori. So he first heads off to Huntly to Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga, the country's largest Kura Kaupapa - Wharekura - or largest school where all subjects except English are taught in Te Reo Maori
Te Wehi meets Hine-Puaawai Herewini, a teacher who has returned to the school having attended from the age of 5 until Year 13. She was head girl at the school then went to university to train as a teacher and loves her job back at her old school. Te Wehi spends time in her classroom of year 3 children with his first task calling the roll.
After learning about this fascinating school, he is off to Nawton Primary School in Hamilton where the have both bilingual classes where 31-50 per cent of instruction is given in Maori and Ramaki classes, where 81-100 per cent of instruction is given in Maori.
For Te Wehi, it has been a fascinating insight into the growing need and opportunities for Te Reo Maori teachers and he thinks it is definitely a career he will consider for the future.
If any of the careers featuring on Just the Job look like something you might be interested in, check out the Career Services website at www.careers.govt.nz and watch the programme for more information on how to get the career you want.