Amy Wilson is tossing up a career as either a vet nurse or a pharmacist.

At the Rotorua Careers Expo today, she got some free face to face guidance on both options, including the pathways needed to take to get there.

The Rotorua woman said the expo had been helpful and she had been asking a lot of questions.

"It's a lot better speaking to someone than reading it on the website."

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Rotorua Careers Expo chairwoman Sheryl Hewitson said the expo was a "one-stop-shop" providing people the opportunity to interact with businesses and training institutions.

She said it had got excellent buy-ins from Rotorua businesses, and also helped to get the message out to businesses that they need to "showcase themselves and let people know what vocations are available in their area".

The expo had seminars running throughout the day, including 'Careers after 5' last night, hosted by the Rotorua Junior Chamber of Commerce and featured guest speaker Dr Cherie Todd.

Another seminar was 'From the horse's mouth' where four young people talked about the experience of leaving school and their different pathways, Mrs Hewitson said.

Mrs Hewitson said there were 96 stands.

She said the expo was for everybody, including life-long learners and people who wanted a career change.

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"We are trying to be more diverse and looking at what the needs are of the people."

She said next year organisers would be looking at "speed-dating", where people could talk with someone that does a job of interest to them.

¦The Careers Expo continues tomorrow from 9am to 2.30pm at the Energy Events Centre.