After eight years of helping pupils find their career paths, Robyn Young is calling it a day – the St Peter’s College Gateway and career administration assistant is retiring at the end of the school year.
Her involvement with the school began in 1990.
Mrs Young said she was first employed at the school as the principal’s personal assistant but left briefly for 18 months before taking up her former position again.
“I came back – I was a boomerang,” Mrs Young said.
In 2010 she started working in career liaison.
Her main role in the Gateway programme was finding work experience for pupils in a job they were interested in.
“You’re going out matching students with employers.
“Nine times out of 10 those students get employment.”
It was very satisfying work.
“It’s a fabulous job.
“Gore employers are so proactive and supportive – I can’t thank them enough.
Mrs Young believed tradespeople were essential members of the community.
“Tradespeople are the most important in our infrastructure – they look after our day-to-day wants and needs.”
One funny story involved a pupil who completed unit standards in both hairdressing and shearing.
“I said to him ‘I hope at all times you remember which trade you are doing and which tools to use’.
“We got a lot of mileage out of that – don’t get your machinery mixed up.”
Mrs Young was sad to be retiring but knew the time was right.
“I love the job but it’s time to go.”
Even though she was only 61 years old she had always planned to retire early.
“My speedometer can’t be wound back now.
“Life is precious.”
One of the first projects on the list to complete was a 10-week hot rod trip around the North Island with husband Graeme.
“It’s a big roadie.
“We are taking a couple of music shows at the same time –we’re going to Phil Collins and Bryan Adams.”