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Why some US universities include Art subjects in their medical degree

One of the most popular programs, adopted at schools including Yale, Harvard, and UT Austin, involves students meeting at art museums to describe and discuss artworks. At the most basic level, these exercises in close observation help to improve diagnostic skills—priming students to identify visual symptoms of illness or injury in patients, and (hopefully) preventing them from making misguided assumptions


CLICK HERE for an interesting article about Medical courses offered in the USA

Useful Tips for Making Career Decisions

Useful Tips for Making Career Decisions

The Herald Sun in Melbourne recently published an article entitled The Factors that Influence Career Choices.  It included these top five tips, which include some of my favourites too.

Top 5 ways to look before you leap

1. Online courses

Once you have a job in mind, explore related topics with a free online course and see how you enjoy it. Considering IT? Try coding on Codecademy. Might need a language? Download the Duolingo app. Can’t remember much high school chemistry? Brush up via FutureLearn.

2. TED Talks

School leavers and career changers can work out what inspires them by listening to other people talk about their industries. Watching or listening to TED Talks and presentations can spark an interest you did not know you had.

3. Work experience

Judge a job by trying it for yourself. While work experience participants typically only deal with low-level tasks, a placement can be a chance to see what others do each day. What technology do they use? Are they at their desk or in the field? Do they work alone or in a team?

4. Talk to others

Rather than judge a career based on how it is depicted in movies, talk to someone who does it in real life. Ask family members, teachers, coaches and friends’ parents about their role and what they most and least enjoy. In what direction is the industry heading? What skills are in demand?

5. Personality test

Ask a friend for their honest opinion or try an online quiz to work out the jobs that might suit your personality. Social people tend to do well in sales while disciplined people might be a fit for defence. A Roy Morgan Research and Career Wizard online questionnaire answers the question “What do people like me do for a living?”. It focuses on attitudes and life goals and compares a participant’s responses to those of people working in 96 different occupations. Take the test at

Electric Power Engineering

Electric Power Engineering

Electric Power Engineering is a sub-discipline of Electrical Engineering that deals with everything from electric power generation, distribution, and transmission, right through to energy management, electricity markets, renewable energy, electric vehicles, etc. – pretty much anything and everything to do with ‘electric energy’. Electric Power Engineers are professionals that are highly sought after globally, with opportunities for just about everyone.

How to become an Electric Power Engineer

You can study towards becoming an Electric Power Engineer by enrolling in a four year professional engineering degree, a Bachelor of Engineering  with Honours (BE(Hons)) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the University of Canterbury –  one of the leading electric power engineering programmes in the Southern Hemisphere! Students can later specialise in Electric Power Engineering courses in their final year and undertake a major project in their field of interest. Study is also offered at the Masters and PhD level.

View first year course structure

UC’s BE(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering programme is aimed at establishing a sound foundation in core subjects such as circuits and signals, electronics and devices, electrical systems, computer systems, and materials in electrical engineering.

Subjects to take at school in preparation for a degree in BE(Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a future career as an Electric Power Engineer:

  • NCEA Level 3 Physics
  • NCEA Level 3 Maths with Calculus


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New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3)

New Zealand Tertiary College:
Are you looking at getting into healthcare, a pathway to nursing? Have you read the latest updates in aged care? Great opportunity (not to mention the new pay scale) for a school leaver to start on!
We currently have a NZQA (non-unit standard but certificate based) programs available on line  New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing- Health Assistance Strand (Level 3)
Here is a video link to the programme The aim of this program is to develop professional, ethical and highly capable Healthcare Assistants who have a strong foundation of knowledge and practice.
This programme is 22 weeks long, and students are required to complete a minimum of 100/200 hours of paid or voluntary field experience in a healthcare setting if you choose the Blended Learning study mode. For all online study, you are not required to do any practical field experience.
Students will complete nine academic courses during this time. Each course is 2-3 weeks long, and has an assessment task at the end of each one. Course work will require approximately 10 hours of online study per week.
Students can study via NZTC Online, our highly interactive and user friendly online learning platform. This means no interruptions to existing work and personal life commitments! Through NZTC Online, students will have access to educational videos, interactive learning activities, journal reflections, and online discussion forums. On top of this we have academic and pastoral staff who are available to support students throughout their studies.
This program is approved for StudyLink loans and allowances. See the StudyLink website for eligibility criteria.

Adventure Guide Internship Programme

We are looking for a limited number of students to join us for our Adventure Guide Internship program based in Queenstown commencing April 2018

Participants will embark on a remarkable 12-week journey of learning, experiences and coaching – in the classroom and predominantly in NZ’s diverse and spectacular outdoors, focusing on individual skills and group leadership.

They will gain world-recognised New Zealand outdoor guiding qualifications, and on completion will be placed in some incredible front-line adventure tourism roles based in Queenstown – working for companies involved with jet-boating, climbing, hiking, bungy jumping and much more.

This program is a well-constructed stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry as a guide, but also is the perfect GAP year option – offering qualifications and adventure all in one – perfect for the student who has not quite decided what is the next step.
Do you have students who want to develop their outdoor and adventure skills?

Do they want to take the first step to joining the adventure tourism industry?

Or simply want a year off study doing something constructive with their life?

We can help!


We know that starting to travel is a big step, so our programs are developed to be all-inclusive – travel, activities, accommodation and meals are all provided so our interns can simply arrive and know that all the complicated stuff is covered and they can focus on having fun!

Our aim is to help young people develop all the skills necessary to attack their goals in life and have confidence to move forward into their next level of education or employment.


If you have any students who would like to know more about our program, they can email us here for more information.

For general information about our Adventure Guide Program, click here or for our Summer or Winter Explorer Programs in New Zealand, please check out our website –

Places are limited on this course, so please encourage interested students to get in touch asap.

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We would love to help your students enjoy the best of our beautiful country!

Kind regards,

Kerie Stewart
Senior Program Advisor

Ph: +64 21 919 369



Important dates and info for students considering tertiary study

Important dates and info for students considering tertiary study

1st August 2017                   Hall-of-residence applications open–all universities

– Please ask Mr Waller for a reference
15th September 2017         Otago Uni School leaver scholarship applications
1st October 2017                Course Enrolments open – all tertiary institutions
1st October 2017                Hall-of-residence applications close

General financial Scholarships:​

Access details: Email: cbhscareers

Password: cbhs


Student Loans –

Highly recommend that you apply for a Student Loan in OCTOBER

Study Link –

If you require any further assistance please see Mr Webster

CBHS HOD Careers and Transition