Student Support

Careers Department

Students need to be supported in developing the capability to self-manage their life and learning to enable them to successfully transition from school to further learning and work.

Career counsellors do not:

  • Tell you what job to do

  • Make decisions for you

Career counsellors do:

  • Help students make choices about education, training and work- related plans

  • Help students identify their skills, interests and current values

  • Assist students to develop goals and action plans to progress their career decisions

We also:

  • Help students to choose their option subjects

  • Help students to choose their pathway – either CIE or NCEA

  • Collect and provide information related to careers and courses

  • Organise talks, seminars and workshops about careers, courses and applications

  • Hold an annual career evening every June in the evening with over 20 in depth classroom sessions and 50 tertiary providers in the commons where you can ask questions and get detailed information


  • Help students develop skills and competencies that will assist them in their current and future decision making

  • Arrange for students to attend experience days and open days

  • Help students write their curriculum vitae or C/V’s

  • Run lunchtime workshops on interview skills

  • Advertise full time, after school and holiday jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities

  • Encourage students to research their career ideas and options using resources in the SAS and on the internet

  • Help students develop skills and competencies that will assist them in their current and future decision making

  • Work with classroom teachers to involve careers in their subject area.

Mrs Jones, Ms Jamieson and Mrs Bushé are available for appointments. Mrs Jones is responsible for students in Batten, Mansfield, Rutherford and Upham. Ms Jamieson is responsible for students in Hillary, Kupe, Snell and Te Kanawa. Mrs Bushé is also available to see students and is responsible for STAR and Gateway programmes for the whole school. Make sure that you are not missing any tests, trips or important lessons when you make a time. Parents are welcome but sometimes it is a good idea for you to sort out your ideas first and then discuss it in detail with your parents.

See Mrs Koh in the SAS (Careers) to make an appointment.

Careers Events at School


AUT University

Tuesday 21st August, periods 1, 2, 3, Hillary Commons.

Course Planning.

Year 13.


Massey University

Tuesday 11th September, start of sit-down lunch, Library Study.

Course Planning.

Year 13.


Victoria University

Thursday 13th September, Start of sit-down lunch, Library Study.

Course Planning.

Year 13


University of Canterbury

Monday 17th September, start of sit-down lunch, Library Study.

Course Planning.

Year 13.


University of Otago

Tuesday 18th September, start of sit-down lunch, Library Study.

Course Planning.

Year 13


University of Auckland

Thursday 20th September, Periods 2, 3, 4, 5, Hillary Commons.

Year 13

Outside Career Events


Victoria University of Wellington, Info Evening

Thursday 5th July.

Ellerslie Events Centre, 80 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland.

More information


PIHMS Career Week

9th to 12th July (1st week of school holidays).

PIHMS, based in New Plymouth, specialise in hospitality, tourism and hotel management education with a guaranteed paid internship during the course. Their career week provides students with the opportunity to experience PIHMS’ culture, lifestyle, education and training.

More information and registration


ICHM Career Week

9th to 13th July, 1st to 5th October.

Adelaide, Australia.

International College of Hotel Management.

More information



10th or 11th July, City, North or South campus depending on your area of interest.

School Holiday Experience Days.

Experience sitting in a lecture theatre, gaining first-hand knowledge from AUT lecturers, ask questions and join an interactive workshop.


Telford and Taratahi Residential Taster Courses

TELFORD, Balclutha:  10th to 14th July / 2nd to 6th October / 4th to 8th December /

TARATAHI, Wairarapa:   Agricultural or Equine taster:  7th to 11th October / 9th to 13th December

Discover what it is like to live and learn at these rural training institutes for a career in the agriculture industry.


University of Canterbury

Thursday 12th July 2018, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm in Christchurch.

Open Day

More information and registration


Lincoln University

Friday 20th July, Lincoln Campus, Canterbury

Open Day

Spend a day. Grow a future.


University of Canterbury

Monday 30th July, Westlake Boys High School, 30 Forrest Hill Road, Takapuna
Tuesday 31st July, King’s College, Golf Avenue, Otahuhu, South Auckland

College of Engineering Info Evening

Presentations start at 6.00 pm

All future students, their families and whanau invited to hear about study at UC’s College of Engineering.

Register to attend


Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts Open Days: Fine Arts: Wednesday 8th August / Photo Media: Friday 10th August / Fashion Design: Wednesday 15th August / Graphic Design: Friday 17th August

Registrations are now open for the 2018 Whitecliffe Open Days


University of Auckland

Faculty of Education & Social Work Experience Days

The University of Auckland at Manukau Programme, Otara:
Thursday 2nd August, 9.30 am – 2.00 pm

Primary Teaching
Epsom Campus:
Tuesday 7th August, 9.30 am – 2.00 pm
Teaching (Early Childhood, Primary and Huarahi Maori programmes)
Social Work, Sport, Health & Physical Education


AUT Live

Saturday 25th August

AUT University Open day

More information


University of Auckland

Saturday 25th August

Courses and Careers Open Day

More information

Air Hawke's Bay Flight Academy

OPEN DAY  1st September, Hastings Aerodrome, 1591 Maraekakaho Road, Hastings

Register your interest online:

Many parents want their children to follow traditional pathways like Medicine, Engineering, Law, Accounting and Dentistry. These are areas they know about.

There is much talk in the media about students choosing to study areas where there are considered skills shortages and it would be short-sighted not to consider this when planning a career path.

However, there is still a need for students to follow what they are good at, passionate about and what will lead them to achieve good results. The Group Human Resources Manager in a leading freight firm was quoted in The Herald as saying "It's not so much about the degree content that matters. We look for personality, attitude, hunger and leadership; people prepared to step outside their comfort zone, make decisions, build their careers and build our business."

Students have little knowledge of the work place and expect that a degree or other qualification will launch them into a senior position but the reality is that they will have to work their way up. Any part time work experience is an advantage but most organisations want a well-rounded person who has interests and experience outside of study.

It is so important to be informed about what is happening in the world and especially the world of work. Students cannot fail to notice the development of non-traditional jobs like writing Java and Python code as well as the demand and high salaries paid to business analysts. Computers and technology are here to stay. Pacemakers are monitored by Wi-Fi in hospital; eye surgery is done using LenSx Femtosecond laser technology which operates at one quadrillionth of a second and body parts can be grown on bio degradable scaffolds using bio printing.

Science and Maths have so many possibilities. I read about a student who has a PhD in automotive glass. She does crime scene investigations tracing back the glass to a particular car. Demand for Maths graduates is expected to increase by 55% by 2020. The jobs don’t have the title Mathematician in them. You could be writing software to help design underground mines, work out efficient ways of scheduling airline crews, write algorithms and do risk analysis for banks, work with the police on international crime detection or work out how to zap cancer tumours from a number of angles, while trying to spare healthy tissue. These all involve Maths.

The importance of science is inevitable and even in the world of business there will be questions of ethics, health and safety. The world is an interconnected global village where everything that happens is communicated at speed and has major implications for economies.

Most students find the choice of career paths is bewildering but whatever they choose will be bound to change. Students who choose hands on career paths and apprenticeships may end up employing their classmates who pursue more formal study. Having a trade is not to be dismissed and the demand for builders is not likely to go away in the near future. You do not have to go to University to have a very successful career. We have eight students currently studying through ETCO to be Electricians. The opportunity to be self-employed is attractive.

I encourage students to choose tertiary training that has a real work placement written into the programme, a full TV or radio studio to practise communication skills, a trading room to practise stock market skills or a virtual reality pharmacy to practise customer skills. Learning is not all theory and developing skills may be a point of difference that gets you the job.

Students really need to take ownership of the process and getting the right information and making the effort to go to open days, information sessions and experience days is so important.

The annual career evening in June each year is held from 7-9pm so parents can attend. It is an opportunity for both parents and students to hear first-hand from Universities, Polytechnics and other tertiary providers. It is especially important for year 12 students to attend as they are starting to make choices that will lead them down particular pathways.
• What things do you like doing at school? What is your favourite subject? Why?
• What are you interested in at the moment?
• I think you’re pretty good at … What do you think you’re good at?
• What do you want from your career and life?
• How do you feel about life after leaving school?
• If money wasn’t an issue, what would you choose to do when you leave school?
• Who do you think has a good career? Why?
• Do you know what you need to do to get your dream job?
• What plans do you have for how you’ll support yourself when you leave school?
• What do you think you need to achieve before you leave school?

Careers Team

Mrs Barbara Jones
HOD Careers

Mrs Barbara Jones

Email: [email protected]
Phone ext # 840

Ms Suzanne Jamieson
Career Counsellor

Ms Suzanne Jamieson

Email: [email protected]
Phone ext # 825

Mrs Karen Bushé
Career Adviser / Gateway / STAR


Email: [email protected]
Phone ext # 667

Support Staff

Mrs Eileen Koh

Mrs Eileen Koh

Email: [email protected]
Phone ext # 857