If you would like careers advice please see Ms Binns. You may find the computer links on the upper right of this page 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 and Victoria Universities all have their own links. 

How to Help Your Teen Find Out What Makes Them Tick

As parents we worry about how to help our children make career choices that they will enjoy. Careers NZ have put together a page of guidance information for parents that you may find useful.  Click here to access their page.
Careers NZ have other links for parents such as
Help Your Teen Choose a Career They Love

Online Careers Magazines

The Next Step magazine profiling careers in NZ is available online here. 
JETmag is available online by following this link 
Leaving School magazine is available online by following this link

 All the students in the senior school receive a paper copy of these magazines. 

If you would like to subscribe to a NZ career information newsletter published by Bulls Eye- Future Fit follow this link



Upcoming Dates for 2018

April 30th       Lattitude applications close

May 2             Massey University liaison in school, lunchtime, MH6

May 7             Dunedin Tertiary Open Day

May 7             Please return career information evening slips by this date.

May 8             Victoria University Information Evening, 6.00pm-8.30pm

May 17           Career Information evening, Samuel Marsden Karori. 6pm-8.30pm

May 18           Waikato University Open Day, Hamilton.

May 23           WelTec Petone Open day 9.30am-1.00pm

May 24           Otago Information Evening, Westpac Stadium

May 29           Canterbury University information evening, Westpac Stadium, 6.00pm

July 12            Canterbury University Open Day, Christchurch.

July 31            Victoria University Course planning in school at lunchtime, MH6

August 1         Canterbury University hostel applications open

August 14       Otago scholarship applications close

August 17       AUT Course planning in school at lunchtime, MH6

August 25       Course and Careers Day, Auckland University and AUT Open Day, Auckland.

August 31       Victoria University Open Day

September 15 Victoria University scholarships close.

September 15 Dental Technology, Bachelor of Oral Health and Bachelor of Radiation Therapy applications for Otago close.

September 30 University of Canterbury and Otago hostel applications close.

October 1        Applications for accommodation at AUT open, They have a first in, first served      policy so you need to apply early.

October 12     ICHM scholarship applications close

October 18     Victoria University Information Evening

Career Evening Thursday 17 May 2018

Each year we hold a career information evening at our Karori campus for students in Years 10-13. The evening is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to meet tertiary education providers and to hear from a range of speakers about a diverse range of careers. A letter explaining the evening is attached, here. Your daughter has also been emailed a copy this week. Please read through the information about the speakers and return your selection using the last page of the letter by May 7th.

International College of Hotel Management (ICHM)

The ICHM is based in Adelaide, Australia. It is the only Swiss Hotel Association school outside Europe. They offer two different courses, a Bachelor of International Hotel Management (SHA) and a Bachelor of Business focused on hospitality management. They are offering one New Zealand scholarship, for 2019 entry into the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management). The value of the scholarship is NZ $28000 paid in $8000 payments over 3 years. Ms Binns has application forms for this scholarship and applications close October 12th, 2018.

They have two career weeks this year from 9-14 July and from 1-5  October for students interested in finding out more about their courses.


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. Applications for 2019 close 30 April.

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

University of Canterbury  Information Evening

The University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha (UC) invites students  and their families to attend the Wellington Information Evening on Tuesday 29 May.

The evening is a great opportunity for senior secondary students and their parents to learn more about the range of qualifications UC offers, to hear from leading academics and get key questions answered about scholarships, accommodation, student support and degree and course information

Anyone considering university study in 2019 or 2020 is welcome at this free event, so register online to find out everything you need to know about life and study at UC. Register at:

The UC Information Evening starts at 6pm on 29 May at Westpac Stadium, 105 Waterloo Quay, Wellington.

University of Waikato Open Day- Friday 18th May.

The University of Waikato will be hosting their annual Open Day on Friday 18 May at their Hamilton Campus. Open Day is the perfect chance for students thinking about Waikato, or that have not been to this University to explore study options, chat to staff and students and be immersed in campus life. The University has made available, at a small fee, the Ngāruawāhia Christian Camp as accommodation for those who are traveling from afar. To indicate your interest in this accommodation please register here. Also see for more information about this event.

Victoria University Information Evening 8 May

The first of two information evenings held this year for future students and their parents will be held on Tuesday 8 May from 6.00pm- 8.30pm. See


Studylink (Student loan scheme)

All Year 13 secondary school students should register for regular updates from Studylink on things like fees-free, what other financial support is available and what documents to send them if you do need to apply for a student loan in the future. This year's registration form is now up and running on the StudyLink website. There's also a link on the StudyLink homepage. (sign up for info)


UMAT preparation

In New Zealand students applying for medical school must sit a UMAT 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.) The date for this is 25 July 2018 but you would need to register by 1 June. There are several organisations that offer support in preparing for UMAT and this one (MedEntry) has sent me some information, available via the link.

New Zealand Defence Force (Army, Navy, Air Force)

Students over 16 years of age  interested in the Defence Force are welcome to attend ForceFit2 training, Monday nights 6.00 - 7.00pm @ HMNZS Olphert, 34 Waione Street, Petone and Wednesday nights 6.00pm - 7.00pm meeting outside Mojo's Café, Clyde Wharf, Wellington Waterfront.

Force Information Evenings are run on the last Thursday night of each month.

Defence Experience Days @ Davis Field, will be held at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt on the following dates 11th July and 3rd Oct.

Defence Experience Weeks will be held 16th - 20th July and 8th - 12th Oct.  

PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School) Career Weeks 2018

PIHMS is based in New Plymouth and offer diploma, degrees and masters in the areas of hospitality, tourism and hotel management.

See  for information.

They are holding three career weeks for prospective students this year. Selected students travel to New Plymouth during the school holidays and stay in their school for the week to gain a better understanding of their courses. The career weeks are:

9th July to 12th July

9th October to 12th October

PIHMS Career Weeks provides Year 12 and Year 13 student with the opportunity to experience PIHMS culture, lifestyle, education and training, to see if this is where your future lies.

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:

Dunedin Tertiary Open Day- Monday 7 May, 2018

On Monday 7 May both Otago Polytechinc and Otago University have an open day. Students often opt to travel South for this day. If you would like a printed programme for the day please let Ms Binns know so that she can order these into the school. These will also be available online from Monday 2 April at either  or

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. A copy is also on the Ultranet careers page in the Guides and Information folder

Futureintech- careers in STEM subjects

Students interested in careers in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) should have a look at these two links from Futureintech. The first is designed to help you to get an idea about the companies and organisations that might, one day, employ you – if you get a relevant tertiary qualification in technology, engineering or science, of course.

Employer Explorer

The second helps you to find career stories of people who are working in the STEM subjects’ fields.

Profile Explorer

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.

Teaching Careers

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

AUT Future Career Sheets

AUT now have 90 career sheet available electronically looking at pathways after study in most areas. These also cover the personal  qualities that may suit your daughter to a particular career and include projected salaries. Have a look and see if what she is planning to study is right for her.



University Guide Book

A wonderful guide has been collated by Universities NZ which contains information about every university in NZ (pages 10-25), all the degrees on offer and which universities offer them (pages 29-50) and a month by month guide to what to get done and when in your Year 13 year (pages 53-55) as well as other information about student loans and accommodation etc. A pdf version of this guide can be found in the Guides and Information section to the right of this page and is called Thinking About University.

Subject Choices for 2019 for students entering Year 13

Students who are thinking of medicine need to read the following before making subject choices for Year 13. You must take Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Calculus at Year 13. This will help you with your first year course if you are looking at Otago or Auckland.

For Auckland only:

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

For Health Science, students are required to have one Table A 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, just ones that are recommended – so students looking at taking Biomedical Science as a pathway into medicine do not need to worry about Table A. 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. This is just recommended, however, and is by no means a requirement – so students who haven’t done one of these subjects at L3 can certainly still follow the Biomed route.


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.


AUT (Auckland University of Technology)

Useful links for AUT:

 AUT Future Students Events

AUT Future Students Facebook


Video content about AUT programmes, services, and communities

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-

Starting study information for students

Student Job Search

World University Rankings

Students often ask me which university is ‘best’ for a particular subject. I always say that they should look at the stage three papers on offer in the courses they are interested and to also consider where the university is and if they would want to live there for 3-4 years. Students may be interested in this link where they can search the ranking of a particular subject worldwide. I believe all the New Zealand universities are in the top 50-100 for many subjects. Otago was judged to be among the world’s top 10 universities for the study of Sport and sport-related disciplines, placing 7th internationally. This was the highest ranking achieved by any New Zealand university for any subject area in the 2017 rankings.

Otago University

Here are some great sites and resources to help prepare for study at Otago.

Otago Life Website- includes information about getting prepared academically, services, support, finances and accommodation.

Facebook page for school students- upcoming events, stories of interest, information about study options and more

The My Otago First Year (MOFY) website

includes information about:

  • The differences between high school and university

  • What to expect and how to cope

  • Effective study strategies

  • Where to find information

Student Learning Development- advice and support for first years, study skills, time management and writing advice, peer learning and more

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.

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.  

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.

Parents' Guide- Auckland University

Auckland University have written a parents' guide designed to help parents support your daughter’s decision making. It contains many answers to your questions about studying at Auckland University.