Careers & Tertiary Scholarships



If you would like careers advice please see Ms Binns. You will find many links on this page that are of use to you.  For example: in the recommended school subjects  folder  there are links to subject choice guides for Year 11 and 12 students about which subjects they should take at school for preparation for different university courses. Auckland, Otago, Canterbury, AUT, Massey, Lincoln, Waikato and Victoria Universities all have their own sub-pages under the NZ universities sub-page on the lower left of this page.


WiE CAN – Women in Engineering Residential Programme

Featuring hands-on sessions, inspiring presentations, and fun social activities, this is the perfect opportunity for Year 12 female students to explore the limitless opportunities offered in engineering.
Applications are now open and close Friday 16 August. Spaces limited to 60 students.
About WiE CAN
Date: 19-23 January 2020
Location: College of Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch
Eligibility: Open to female students completing Year 12 in 2019 at a New Zealand high school.
Cost: FREE! Canterbury University will cover all programme, accommodation and food costs. A $100 travel grant will also be provided to anyone traveling from outside Canterbury. Apply on this link Watch this video

Auckland University Information Evenings

There are two information evenings in the Wellington region this year. At each of the evenings they will also have some of the faculty representatives in attendance. 
The dates and locations are below: 
7th August 2019 – Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, 7pm
8th August 2019 –  Firth Hall, Wellington College, 7pm  

Scholarships for 2020

Students in Year 13 should complete applications for tertiary scholarships in the upcoming school holidays. This can take some time and effort but if students gain an  award, the hourly rate is worth it. MoneyHub is a good place to start looking for scholarships as are the individual university websites and the GivMe search engine which can be accessed at school on the Scholarship Searches sub-page off this page. 

Applying for Scholarships at Otago- changes for 2019 applications

his year, students will no longer select the specific scholarship they wish to apply for by ticking a box. Instead they will answer a series of questions that will filter down to the best scholarship fit for the most amount of money, based on the information that they provide and that has been compiled during the application assessment process. Students will be asked if they wish to be considered for scholarships with specific attributes that form the key selection criteria and further questions and/or examples/statements on subjects such as: ·         leadership experience and potential (inside and outside of the school environment)·         extracurricular activities·         sport or cultural activities·         taha Māori or indigenous Pacific Island community involvement·         financial and family circumstances etc. All applications are completed via eVision and students are required to go through the first few steps of enrolment at the University of Otago before the ‘Apply Now’ button is visible. This includes selecting an undergraduate programme of study. Otago are aware that there are students who are not sure as to what subject they wish to study. As long as it’s a valid undergraduate programme (i.e. not a Diploma/Certificate/Honours programme), they can select any programme to get the application underway and change their course at a later date.

Radiation Therapy at Otago University

Are you interested in studying radiation therapy … combining healthcare with incredible technology? Join Otago for a cancer centre tour here in Wellington, and find out all about this great career choice. These tours are open to students in Year 12 and 13.
Tours are available on the following dates: 
Monday 24 June, 4pm Bowen Icon Cancer Centre 
Monday 1 July, 4:30pm Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre
 Monday 5 August, 4:30pm Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre 
Monday 2 September, 4:30pm Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre 
This 3-year degree is taught from Otago’s Wellington campus, with clinical placements in Cancer Centres around NZ. For full details and registration go to:

Elite Beauty Therapy School Holiday Programme

Enrol and pay for one student and another student can attend free of charge.  Limited spaces!
Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry -  Unit Standard 62 (3 credits) and Unit Standard 27640 (3 credits)  This is Level 2 course and takes 5 days. 
Contact Jade O’Connor at for more information or to enrol.

Keystone Trust Study Awards

Keystone Trust offers scholarships for degrees such as- Property, Architecture, Land Surveying, Engineering, Construction, Property Law, Landscape Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Urban Planning and Building Science. The scholarships give you $5000  per annum for three years, offer you mentors and networking opportunities, as well an experience through industry knowledge and events. 
Applications are now open and close August 15th, 2019 fro students planning to study in 2020. 
More information on Keystone study awards and property industry careers that these awards support can be found on the Keystone Trust website-

Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Scholarships

These scholarships are worth $12000 over two years and are available at the Gisborne campus for the Bachelor of Maori Visual Arts and at the Napier campus for the Bachelor of Viticulture and Wine Science. 
See it states on the website that scholarships are only open to students from a particular region of New Zealand, the two listed above are open to students from anywhere in New Zealand.

Waikato University Scholarships

It's the time of the year to start thinking seriously about scholarships! Waikato scholarships for school leavers are now open. Students should begin applying well in advance of the August 31st close date. Use the Scholarships Finder to check eligibility, open and closing dates, and application details.

Auckland University Scholarships

A reminder that applications for Auckland’s school-leaver and first-year scholarships are now open. Accommodation applications open 1 August. Scholarships applications close 20 August. See 
As well as the main scholarships there are specialist ones like the Taurus Charitable Trust Entry-Level Scholarship in Music, worth $4000, which is available for students enrolling in a Bachelor of Music.
The Murray Wren Undergraduate Scholarship in Architecture, worth $15000, is available for students enrolling in the Bachelor of Architecture. 
The Faculty of Engineering  has several awards of $2000 (see Kick Start Awards)

Engineering at Auckland

These dates are coming up for students interested in studying Engineering at Auckland. 

Enginuity day July 4th and 5th
Enginuity 2019 is open to Year 13 women students studying Calculus and Physics. A two-day programme has been developed for this year, and students are encouraged to attend both days. Registration for single days will also be accepted. 

Engineering Futures Evening 1 August 6.00-8.00pm
During the information evening, you will find out more about their Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree, career prospects, accommodation options and financial support options, like the Kick Start scholarships open to first-year engineering students.
Venue: ROYAL SOCIETY OF NEW ZEALAND, 11 Turnbull St , Thorndon, Wellington

Massey University Scholarships

Massey have four main undergraduate scholarships open to high school students:
  • Massey University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship – 9 available, valued at $21,000 each
  • Massey University Vice Chancellor’s High Achiever with Distinction Scholarship – 30 available, valued at $7,500 each
  • Massey University Academy of Sport Scholarship – 25 available, valued at $5,000 each
  • Massey Business School Future Leaders Scholarship – 40 available, valued at $5,000 each
 All of these scholarships are open for applications now, and will close on 20th August. See  

PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School) Career Week 2019

PIHMS is based in New Plymouth and offer diploma, degrees and masters in the areas of hospitality, tourism and hotel management. PIHMS Career Week provides Year 12 and Year 13 students with the opportunity to experience PIHMS culture, lifestyle, education and training, to see if this is where your future lies. See  for information.They are holding a live-in career week for prospective students in the next school holidays. Selected students travel to New Plymouth and stay in their school for the week to gain a better understanding of their courses. The dates are 9th July to 12th July.Costs: $199 per person. This covers accommodation, all meals & beverages and scheduled activities.To apply email  or for more information about PIHMS.Students can also apply online

Yoobee School of Design- July Holiday Programmes

Yoobee School of Design are running short courses in the July school holidays on Digital Illustration, Photography, Film Making, Game Design, 3D Animation, Digital Painting, Creative Typography, Visual Design, and 2D Animation. An online booklet with more information about the courses on offer, costs, timing and how to enrol is available here. Any questions email

Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) Scholarship

This scholarship offers $7000 toward university fees over the course of your degree, a paid Summer internship, and mentoring from PwC. See for details.Applications open in June and close 31 July. This is open to students in Year 13 who are NZ citizens or permanent residents. Applicants should be planning to study in one of PwC’s business areas, which include Assurance, Deals, Consulting and Financial Advisory Services – Tax, Private Business and Legal. Please take a moment to explore  Student Careers website for more information on this.

UC GO Canterbury Scholarship

This scholarship is only open to Year 13 students from Wellington and Auckland. It offers:
  1. $5000 toward accommodation costs at University Hall
  2. Personal, professional and career development seminars
  3. Four free educational outdoor experiences
Registrations open 20 June and close 15 August. Register at

Massey University Manawatu Open Day Wednesday 7 August

If you are planning to attend this open day please register Massey offer free buses for Wellington students who wish to attend the Palmerston North campus’ open day. Interested students need to fill in a permission slip which they can get by emailing Ms Binns. There are two buses:
  1. Leaving Wellington railway station (platform 9) at 7.30 am – picking up students from Porirua bus station around 7.55 pm and carrying on through to Manawatu campus
  2. Leaving Waterloo railway station (Wainuiomata side of station) at 7.30 am and picking up students from Paraparaumu (on the Main Road by Coastlands Mall carpark) around 8.30am.
Both buses will leave the Palmerston North campus at 2pm and head back to their original pick up location, dropping students off along the way as they were picked up. Lunch vouchers are provided to use in the university food court. First in first served – there are only 51 seats available on each bus.   

UC Science Summer Camp 1-5 December 2019

University of Canterbury Science Summer Camp is a 5-day event for sixty, Year 12 students interested in studying science at university. The camp will run from 1 to 5 December 2019 and be based in Christchurch at UC’s Ilam campus. This link has details about costs and how to apply

Massey College of Creative Arts (CoCA) Immersion Day 8 July

Immersion Day is a one-day intensive workshop in a specialist subject area across all creative arts programmes including: Design, Fine Arts, Commercial Music and Creative Media Production. This is your opportunity to experience what a course in your selected subject will be like in your first year. You will be making, creating and learning about what it is like to study at Massey. After Immersion day, participants will receive a certificate of completion. You also have the option to take part in a portfolio pre-approval session (for design and fine arts) or to tour university accommodation at the end of the day. This event is open to current Year 13 students and adults looking to return to study.Registrations close 28th June.

Lincoln University Open Day

Lincoln University are holding an open day on Friday 19 July at their campus, Ellesmere, Junction Rd, Lincoln from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Note that this is in our school holidays, so if you are planning a trip down that way, take the opportunity to have a look at what they offer.

Victoria University Tech Day for Girls, July 5th,2019

Victoria University Women in Tech are holding a Tech Day for Girls, for secondary students on July 5th 2019, 8.30am-3.30pm. This is aimed at introducing female students to STEM careers and showcasing activities you can get involved with. Sign up on this link.

Chroma Connect Creative Symposium 2019 (June 8)

Chroma Connect Conference has just been announced. Prolific international and local creators of illustration, comics, animation, videogames, concept design, mural art and more – sharing valuable past experiences and present insights. Tickets are $70 for students, but very worth it for those interesting in getting into the creative industries.

Victoria University- New Bachelor of Midwifery

Victoria University of Wellington has launched a new Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid)* programme. The BMid is a four-year undergraduate degree that gives students the skills to support the health and wellbeing of new families during, and after, pregnancy and birth. Students will learn from academics who are experienced and passionate midwives—as well as getting access to Victoria University of Wellington’s expertise in science, psychology, and education. In the first year, students take foundation courses in biology, chemistry, human development, and health psychology. They will also get an introduction to midwifery practice, experiencing the hands-on aspects of care in a clinical setting such as a hospital or birthing centre. In the second, third, and fourth years, students focus on midwifery theory and practice and will complete 2,400 practical hours by the end of their degree. *Subject to regulatory approval

Victoria University Scholarships

Applications for Victoria’s school-leaver scholarships will open in late June. There are two types of scholarships: the Victoria Tangiwai Scholarship (for excellence) and the Victoria Totoweka Scholarship (for equity and support). The Victoria Law School-Leaver Scholarship is open to all students intending to enrol in a Bachelor of Laws. The scholarship is a $5,000 contribution to accommodation costs at a hall of residence or paid as a stipend in two instalments, with preference given to applicants demonstrating financial hardship. Applications open in early June and close on 1 September 2019.You can search for other scholarships on Victoria’s new Scholarships website.

NZ College of Chiropractic Information Evening

The NZ College of Chiropractic is holding open days in Auckland on Saturday 12th October. They are holding an information evening about careers in this field in Wellington on 17th July at the Grand Mecure Hotel, 345 The Terrace, Wellington from 7.00pm -9.00pm

UC Open Day and Information Evening

The University of Canterbury are holding their open day on Thursday 11 July, 2019. For more information, and to register, follow this link. 

InvestIN Education UK

InvestIN offers many career programmes in London ranging from short weekend courses to internships of several days, for school and university students. They cover a range of career options and run during the UK Summer. See this link for the range on offer.

New degree at Auckland University- Bachelor of Design

In 2020, Auckland University are introducing a Bachelor of Design, with 11 undergraduate conjoint options, Advanced Science (Hons), Arts, Commerce, Engineering (Hons), Global Studies, Health Science, Law (including Hons) Music, Property and Science. This course is limited to 100 students in the first year. The practice of design has dramatically evolved in response to emerging technologies and the growing need for industries to respond to a rapidly changing world. Across all business sectors, employers seek designers who can create solutions to complex problems – through creative making, entrepreneurial thinking and consideration of all potential outcomes. There’s a wealth of opportunity for skilled designers in business, health, science, art, entertainment, manufacturing and other industries.

New degree at AUT and Open Days

AUT are offering a Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments. This will lead onto a Master of Architecture, which is required to work as a professional architect. To apply for this degree students need to submit a portfolio showing evidence of your design and creative interests.
Students travelling to Auckland in the July school holidays may be interested in this event at AUT. IGNITE is for Year 12 or 13 students thinking about studying at AUT wanting to get a real university student experience. They are holding three separate sessions: one at the North Campus on 9 July, South Campus on 10 July and City Campus on 11 July.
AUT Open Day is Saturday August 31.

Victoria University- new degree for 2020

Designed to take advantage of the University’s capital city location, the Bachelor of Communication will offer a range of majors found at no other New Zealand tertiary institution. They are: Intercultural Communication, Media Studies, Literary and Creative Communication, Political Communication, and Science Communication.
Victoria also offer a series of publications called Career View which look at career options from their degrees. These are worth looking at if you are wondering where  a particular subject could lead.

Better World- GAP Year Opportunity

Better World is organised by the NCZMS (New Zealand Church Missionary Society). The goal is to give students the opportunity to work voluntarily overseas in areas of social justice. Better World has the vision of equipping a whole generation of young people to reach into the suffering in the world and bring live the teachings of the gospel of Christ. For more information see:

University Guide

Students considering attending university when they leave school should visit this website  It has many links to more information about the universities on offer in New Zealand and a pdf at the bottom of the page linked above called ‘Thinking About University’ has all the undergraduate degrees available in NZ listed. I highly recommend this resource.

Where To Next?

Careers NZ have put together a range of information sources to help parents and students consider what to do when they leave school. It is called ‘Where To Next’ so have a look.

Careers NZ Where To From School E Book

A copy of this new resource is on the school Ultranet careers page in the Guides and Information folder. Students can also download their own copy here.


Picky ( is website for any student that may be considering an apprenticeship. The website is designed to help link employers with people wanting to enter into an apprenticeship. Interested students register for free and complete a profile. Employers can enter a number of search criteria (like the industry type, job location, etc) to search the Picky database for any matching profiles. Employers then make contact directly with their preferred match.

Occupational Outlook

If you have no idea what career path to take you may find it useful to look at this website and get the app.  It is a great tool for exploring study and career options, with extensive information on labour supply and demand in over 100 occupations in New Zealand. The app outlines how to enter each role, how many are studying in related fields, how many are employed, and what the average incomes are. It also outlines what are the prospects of getting a job in that occupation once you have completed the qualifications required.

Guide to Student Loans and Allowances

School Leaver NZ have put together a free Guide to Loans and Allowances E Book for students planning tertiary education. This is worth reading as parents and also for your daughters.

Fees-Free Tertiary Education

Fees-free is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Students can check if they can get fees-free study at
Students who are New Zealanders and will finish school in 2019, may qualify for a year of fees-free tertiary study or two years of industry training in 2019. Find out more about the eligibility for fees-free
How to check if a student can get fees-free study
 Students can go to and enter their National Student Number (NSN) to check. The majority of secondary school students should receive a 'yes - you are eligible' response. If a student receives a 'we are not sure' response, they may need to provide further information to TEC. The frees-free website will let them know what they need to do. 
How does a student apply for fees-free?
Students don't need to apply for fees-free.Once the student has enrolled, TEC will check the student's details and if eligible, will pay the fees directly to the tertiary education provider or industry training organisation. They can pay up to a maximum of $12,000 incl GST per year. 
Does a student still need to apply to StudyLink?
If a student only needs their fees paid they won't need to apply for a Student Loan unless their fees are over $12,000. If a student wants to apply for a Student Allowance or the living and course-related costs parts of a Student Loan they'll still need to apply to StudyLink. If you've got any further questions you can check out the fees-free website or call the fees-free helpline on 0800 687 775.
Year 13 students should sign up here, Year 13 students sign up to receive the Studylink six-week email series to students. Even if they're not sure what they want to do. If they don't end up getting support from StudyLink, they'll stop sending them emails. There's also a sign up link on the StudyLink homepage.

University Scholarships

There are many undergraduate scholarships that are not specifically for any one NZ university and several for prestigious overseas universities. Many of these applications close on December 1st. Please check the lists at the following link to see if you should consider applying for any of these.

MoneyHub Scholarship Search

MoneyHub has launched New Zealand’s first free-to-use scholarships index which details every funding opportunity available to Year 13 students. Available 24/7 on any device, MoneyHub presents scholarships by university, region, company and ethnicity. How-to-apply guidance has also been included, equipping students with everything they need to know.The site can be accessed here.

Student Job Search (SJS)

SJS is an online service that helps tertiary students gain work experience and extra money while studying. Secondary school students who are enrolled in tertiary study for 2019, or who have a letter of confirmation from any NZ Tertiary education provider, can use SJS up to 4 months before they start study. 
These links may be useful-

Resilience, Stress and Grit

A short online course is available to complete here-

Lattitude Global Volunteering- GAP

Lattitude Global Volunteering provides GAP Year and International Volunteering placements to young New Zealanders aged 17 to 25. Students have a choice of 14 different countries and a variety of placement options to choose from. E.g. school assistant, outdoor camp assistant, community worker, English tutor/teacher, medical assistant. Lattitude offers 3-12 month work experience programmes. No experience is necessary and all training, support, food and accommodation is included.  

​AFS and Go Kiwi Go GAP Opportunities- Global Competence Certificate (GCC)

AFS and Go Kiwi Go now pair the GCC with all of their 18+ programmes. It consists of a set of online modules and webinar/in-person sessions with a trained facilitator (Chloe Eberly at AFS NZL) alongside the gap experience itself. Designed to support learners participating in an intercultural experience, the GCC builds global competence. This brief video explains what the GCC is:  Also see

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad organise short term overseas service trips for 15-18 year old high school students to many countries. The trips are in many different countries and you work in either care and community, building, conservation or medicine. See their website for more information:

Kiwi Flyer Guide to Aviation Training

This guide is available to download at and includes information for students interested in a career in aviation. The guide profiles a broad variety of flight training providers and opportunities throughout New Zealand. 

Training to be a Teacher

Whether you are interested in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary teaching have a look at this link for the latest information about qualifications available in NZ.

Subject Choices for 2019 for students entering Year 13

Students who are thinking of medical degrees need to read the following before making subject choices for Year 13. There are two universities who offer medical degrees in New Zealand. 
  For Otago only: 
It is recommended students take Level 3 Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Statistics. Calculus and English rich subjects are useful. See 

 For Auckland only: 
There are two options for the first year pathway to medicine, Biomedical Science or Health Science.  

For Health Science, it is recommended that students have completed Level 3 Biology and Chemistry. Students are required to have one Table A (English rich) subject and one Table B subject at Year 13. Table A subjects are Classical Studies, English, Geography, History, History of Art and Te Reo Maori. Table B subjects are Accounting, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Digital Technologies, Economics, Physics, Statistics. 

For Biomedical Science there are no subject requirements, from table A/B but it is strongly recommended that students have Level 3 Chemistry, it is recommended they have Level 3 Biology and an English rich subject and it is useful to have studied Level 3 Physics and Mathematics, either Statistics or Calculus. An English-rich subject (Classics, Geography, English, History etc) is recommended for most of Science majors, as there is still some level of writing involved once at university. See   

Changes for Selection to Medicine and Dentistry

From 2019, students interested in studying Medicine and Dentistry will sit the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) as part of their admissions process.  (instead of the UMAT) The UCAT is a well-established and internationally respected test, used widely in the UK since 2006 (under the name UKCAT) to select students to medicine and dentistry courses at the majority of UK universities. The new test is a 2 hour computer based test which gives students immediate results. The test consists of five, seprately timed, subtests in these areas:  verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, absract reasoning and situational judgement .All the universities in New Zealand and Australia who will be changing to UCAT are here.  Please note, some Australian Universities will not require UCAT but all new Zealand ones will. To help prepare for UCAT free, comprehensive preparation materials, including an online guide, tutorials, question banks and practice tests will be available on the UCAT website  in early 2019.

UCAT preparation

In New Zealand students applying for medical school must sit a UCAT examination in the year they apply for medical school (usually the end of their first year of study at university) Students may  choose to sit this examination as a practice in Year 13 (although the grade will not count toward their final application, unless you are planning to apply to study overseas, as the test must be done in the year you apply for medical school. NZ universities all require you to complete a first year university course before applying for medicine) The examination is run in July 2019 but you would need to register by 17 May 2019. There are several organisations that offer support in preparing for UCAT and this one (MedEntry) has sent me some information, available via the link. There are costs involved. Please note that Otago University have repeatedly stated that there is no advantage in sitting this test as ‘practice’ in Year 13.

University of Melbourne Webinars

Students interested in finding out more about courses at the University of Melbourne should look here to see if they have a webinar about the course you are interested in. There are 22 webinars available.