Careers Expo 2013 Report - 25 July 2013 -  USP Cook Islands Campus



Careers Expo 2013 Report - 25 July 2013

On Thursday 25th August the USP Booth received an estimated 500+ students ranging from Primary to Secondary school, local and outer islands. The USP Booth theme was “Stay Home, Go Far” and “Earn while you learn”; the main message to students was that USP can offer bridging courses, (foundation and preliminary) and all courses to attain a degree.

We were prepared to provide basic information and answer FAQs, such as:

  • What Programmes and Courses are available at USP
    • Preliminary and Foundation Studies
    • Certificates, Diploma, Degrees
  • Where is our Campus located
  • What Support do we offer students
  • Where can students find more information about USP (website, office)

Planning

Tasks

Preparation– Teina Taulu & Jim Brown

 

Monday to Wednesday 24.8.13

           Preparing brochures, information materials, prizes

           Preparing Photos/Visual displays

           Preparing quizzes and prizes for visitors to our booth

Booth Operator – Mii Manuela & Teina Taulu

 

Thursday 25.8.13

8am – 3pm

           Appearance at Opening Ceremony representing USP

           Program advisement

           Assisting student with general enquiries

           Quizzes & Prizes

           Providing USP information (brochures, old I&A’s, handbooks, Orientation Guides, Orientation workbooks)

           Success@USP powerpoint presentation displayed on IMacs

           Interacting with students, getting their interests

 

Queries from students

  • What subjects do I need to take at (Tereora) Secondary level
  • How many credits do I need to get into University
  • Is USP internationally recognized

Areas of interest from Students (in order of highest number of enquiries

  • Agriculture
  • The Arts: Dancing, Singing and Acting
  • Food and Beverage
  • Maths and Science
  • Law 
  • Management

Observations

  • Students too focused on prizes/freebies/giveaways
  • Students (80%) do not know what they want to do after college
  • Students are not sure whether they want to go to University after college
  • Students are not aware of the number of credits (or subjects) required for University entrance
  • Most Students had no idea there is a CI Campus

Recommendations

  • Suggest Level 3 and Level 2 students attend first sessions to ensure information/prizes available and not issued out to younger visitors
  • Work with Colleges and organise visits to USP Campus, highlighting our services and programs
  • Promote benefits of studying At Home to gain qualifications
  • Focus on Level 1, 2 and 3 students

Report prepared by Mii Manuela & Teina Taulu

15 August 2013






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