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Applications for The EDGE internships 2021 are now out!

The Edge is New Zealand’s leading youth station, targeting a 18 – 39 year old audience. Chances
are, if you ask your students what radio station they listen to most of them will say, The Edge.
As The Edge targets a younger market, we are always looking at innovative ways to promote the
brand to the local youth market and identify individuals who would be of value to the industry now and in the future

This will be an extremely valuable exercise for students who are seeking a career in media and also provide a platform to advertise certain things happening at your school.
The primary objective is for senior school students interested in a future in broadcasting to kick start their career by becoming Edge interns.
We are searching for one or two students to represent your school in this internship. These are unpaid positions andcall for a year long commitment, with in person requirements a few times during the school term.
As ‘The Edge Brand Champions’ they will gain valuable ‘industry’ knowledge and experience, all while taking on an ambassadorial role promoting Edge competitions in your school which could be beneficial for the rest of the students.
During the one year internship they will receive hands-on experience planning and executing The Edge Interns
promotions, on-air training and will voice their own ‘what’s on at our school’ commercials. At the end of the year, they
will receive a reference which will be an excellent start to their CV and a possible ‘foot in the door’ should future
employment opportunities arise. Many of our interns have gone on to study radio or media, work in our casual
promotions team, or gain full time employment with Mediaworks.
It is very important that the right people are selected. This is why we are directly approaching school Principal

Throughout the year, there will be numerous opportunities for your school, facilitated through your Interns, to gain a significant profile on The Edge. As an influential medium (and the number one station in the market), this is essentially free advertising to tens of thousands of students and parents in Canterbury.

There will be an interview process for students to make sure the EDGE have chosen the right applicants.

Use the link below to register but ALSO email Mr Stewart the reasons why you are applying and what you would bring to this position. We may be asked to give feedback on applicants so it is always useful to know your intentions and the sorts of involvement you may already have in this area.

Application link –

REACH Scholarships for Y13 Maori students interested in a career in health


Ngā mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa. The University of Otago, Māori Health Workforce Development Unit is pleased to inform you that applications for the Otago REACH (Realising Educational Aspirations for Careers in Health) scholarship will be open on the 1st of May.

This scholarship is for Year 13 Māori secondary students interested in a career in health and is hosted by the University of Otago. The Scholarship covers; flights, accommodation, food and activities over 3 days.

The main requirement is that students are aspiring to a career in health. Studying science subjects at levels 2 and 3, and their involvement or interest in te Ao Māori will strengthen their application however we strongly encourage all students with aspirations in health.

The REACH Otago Scholarship provides the opportunity for up to twenty Year 13 Māori students to spend three nights and days on the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus. Students from across New Zealand experience university life first-hand: living in and visiting residential colleges; attending lectures; meeting current Otago students; and learning about the various degree and study options Otago offers, particularly in health.

For further information please refer to the attached document or the link below.

Applications close 15th of June, 2021.

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

Are you thinking of studying at RMIT (Melbourne)?


Our Discover What’s Next Webinar Series starts 20th April – 15th July

The series is an opportunity for students, parents and Career Advisers to hear about the course options and interest areas available at RMIT. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions through live chat  with our staff and students and get an idea of what their future at RMIT will be like.

A calendar with the sessions is available here


Modern CV Tips from Industry Employers

CV expectations have changed in the last decade – so getting your CV just right is worth it. The difference between getting an opportunity or not can be down to this one simple asset, so take the time to get it right for the industry that you are interested in and don’t be afraid to ask for others to check it and help you.

It is one of your most important assets as you start out.

We spoke to employers to ask them what they look for in modern-day CVs, and there were a few suggestions that came up time and time again which we have listed below for you!

Our top tips for CVs that work in 2021 are:

Keep it short, relevant to the role you are applying for and easy to read

Include contact information, list your skills that are relevant to the role you are looking at, and don’t go overboard explaining all of the experiences and skills you have just to “pad out” your CV.

Longer is not better – and if you find you are repeating yourself or creating endless lists, you need to find a way to make it more succinct. Employers are busy people!

List your work experience backwards – in order from your most recent experience and don’t lie about your experience.

Focus on Skills

Notice the skill-set required from the advertisement for the opportunity and list which of those you have, plus any others that are relevant.

Provide short examples of how you have used or developed each skill and how they might benefit the company you are applying to.

You want this to form the top part of your CV so employers can quickly check that you are a worthy applicant and read further to discover your experience.

Find a modern, professional format

There are free online templates available to ensure your CV looks modern and appealing to employers. Take advantage of these, and make sure to include a photo if you have a nice professional one. An attractive CV does make a difference.

Check your online presence

There is a high chance that future employers will scope you out on social media, so before applying for any role ensure that your various online profiles are all completely private if necessary, and you have appropriate public faces images (such as your cover and profile images on Facebook)

If social media is something that might benefit the application, check that you have an appropriate and professional presence that will work for you rather than against you. If you are unsure, you are better locking your profiles down to private and asking a friend to search you to check your online profiles are all appropriate.

Linkedin is a great way to demonstrate where you could fit into an industry, so if you have your eye on a particular employer or role you can set up your Linkedin and share relevant articles to show you are interested in the industry.

Ask someone to check your CV for errors

Typos and grammatical errors are commonly found in CVs and one of the reasons some do not even make it past the first round. Ask someone else to check it for you, and make sure they agree it is easy to read and follow.


For more tips and career advice see


Change Makers’ Prize – Te Tohu Whakawhitinga o Te Rā

Entries are now open for the Change Makers’ Prize, a competition to inspire rangatahi across New Zealand to voice their opinion on an issue that affects them, their community, or all of Aotearoa.

This is a new competition offered by the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives and Parliamentary Service (the agencies that support Parliament). It aims to get young people thinking and talking about issues they’re passionate about, enhancing their understanding of Parliament and the change they can create now, and in the future, as engaged citizens.

The competition asks students to imagine they are giving a speech to Parliament and to submit a short video of that speech in which they express their opinion on their chosen issue and the action they think Parliament could take to address it.

Entries will be accepted in any language can be made as individuals or groups, with prizes awarded for each category. Winners in each category will be rewarded with a fully-funded individual or class trip to Wellington to enjoy a behind the scenes, parliamentary experience in person!

Attached you’ll find the full details of the competition and conditions of entry. You can enter individually or in groups. Entry forms and terms and conditions are below and available in English and Te Reo Maori

Change Makers Individual Entry Form (English)

Te Tohu Whakawhitinga o te Rā Puka Tono Rōpū (reo Māori)

Change Makers Group Entry Form (English)

Change Makers Prize Terms and Conditions

Te Tohu Whakawhitinga o te Rā Puka Tono Takitahi (reo Māori)

Entries close at 5pm on Friday, 7 May.

New experience Ara events: NASDA, Sports , Health, Nursing , Building and more to sign up for!

Ara has a range of one or more day free events you can sign up for to attend instead of school for a day. There are also information sessions. Try the links below for more information and/or to register:


Upcoming Ara events and information sessions

 Here are the upcoming Experience Ara Tasters and Information Sessions!

Experience Ara Tasters: These are free events where you attend Ara for a day instead of school. You register yourself and then the school has to confirm approval through Mr Stewart

Information Sessions: These are out of school time sessions to find out about potential study

Click here to check out the full schedule and register your students for events.