12 May 2021 at 2:48 pm
Pathway Programme forging valuable connections with Capital students
Following a successful pilot in 2020, the WellingtonNZ Pathway Connect Programme is providing a peer-support network for international students and fostering further commitments to a New Zealand education.
The 2020 pilot programme saw graduate alumni working in the Greater Wellington region connect with tertiary students focused on pathways to employment. The 2021 programme now connects secondary students interested in further study with international tertiary students.
These tertiary students are trained in the fundamentals of mentoring leadership and active listening. They can offer valuable insights into tertiary life to help secondary students make informed choices.
Through catch ups, students will be able to share their journey including challenges, hints and tips, and a realistic view on transitioning into tertiary education. The connection can be online or face-to-face.
WellingtonNZ International Education Specialist Sarah Grant is excited to launch the Pathways Connect Programme and wants to see more secondary students take up the opportunity within the Greater Wellington region.
She says the programme recently had its first match and both mentor and mentee found it to be a rewarding experience.
“They were able to communicate freely and discussed studying tips for tertiary education, what it was like to study and how a tertiary education differed to secondary.”
Sarah says the programme has a great cohort of mentors waiting to meet and offer advice to students.