One of the ways that the school teacher that you mentor might ask you to help is by talking to a class of students about your pathway into the spatial industry. This is a fantastic opportunity to share not only your pathway but also some tips for avoiding rabbit holes / pitfalls !
Things that you might like to cover are:
What is your current role and how is geospatial used in that role?
How did you get to be in your current role?
If you studied at University, what did you study at University?
Who influenced your choice of a spatial industry career?
Who influenced the course of your career?
What pitfalls have you encountered on your career pathway?
If you could tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
Points to note:
All the Universities in New Zealand offer GIS papers. Some institutions offer just undergraduate papers while others have a post graduate option as well. The students will need to do a search on University websites to find these papers. Each university offers their GIS papers through slightly different schools. In most cases these papers can be completed as part of a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts, but the students would need to check.
Sometimes the topic of GIS is "hidden" in first year university papers in a generic introduction to broader topic for example in a Geography 101 paper.
Some New Zealand polytechnics offer GIS papers as well or if not papers then micro credentials
If a student is not so academically inclined it might be worth encouraging them to approach a local or central government organisation about a GIS cadet role, several of these organisations do offer them.