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. Also see here for all the university courses available in New Zealand. The key dates for the year are updated regularly and can also be found at the bottom left of this page.


College of Creative Arts Experience Day at Massey University Wellington

Experience Day provides students in Year 13, who are interested in creative arts, the opportunity to come onto the Wellington campus for a one-day workshop. Numbers are limited so book your place now. 

Dates: Experience Day #1 Friday 17 June (a second one is planned for 9th September)
Time: 09.00am - 02:00pm (with the option to stay to tour student Accommodation and for Art and Design students to have a portfolio review)
Location: College of Creative Arts, Toi Rauwhārangi, Massey University, Entrance C, Wallace Street, Wellington - Block 12, Level C

Please register for ONE workshop only. Each workshop aligns to one of their degree pathways. To find out more about each of these degrees, majors and the pathways within these programmes please see our website: of Design with Honours Workshops:
  • Textile Design
  • Spatial Design
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Photography
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours Workshop:
  • Fine Arts
Bachelor of Creative Media Production Workshop
  • Creative Media Production
Bachelor of Contemporary Music Workshop
  • Music Industry
  • Music Practice
If you are interested in applying for their fine art or design courses, you can take along some examples of your work, or work in progress and staff can advise you about your application.
If you want to check out university accommodation there will be a chance to do this at the end of the day, please allow up to an hour of extra time at the close of Experience Day. 

Yoobee College of Creative Innovation July School Holiday Programmes 2022

Take a look at the school holiday programmes on offer at Yoobee in Wellington in the next school holidays. The courses available are here  
There are programmes in 2D or 3D animation, digital illustration, digital painting, game design,  visual design, ethical hacking, film-making and E-sports.  

GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries

Applications are now OPEN for GirlBoss Edge: Primary Industries,  a 10-day online accelerator, designed for young women aged 15-18 who are passionate about sustainability, the environment, and the primary industries. This is free and runs online in the July school holidays. This opportunity gives you 1 on 1 mentoring and you work with 249 young women from across Aotearoa. Previous participants in the GirlBoss Edge programmes rate them highly. 
Applications close July 4. 

Massey STEM and Health Experience Day 2022

Registrations are now open for the STEM and Health Experience Day 2022 at Massey University on Wednesday 1st June. Open to Year 12 and 13 students, this will be a showcase of Massey University's unique offerings in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health subjects. From 10.35am (registration from 10.15am) to 2pm students can participate in interactive workshops by our stellar academics.  Accommodation Tours will be offered at 9.30am as an optional add-on to the day. Please email Derek Lowe to register your interest in this additional tour. Register attendance here 

New Zealand Defence Force Experiences

The New Zealand Defence Force is pleased to present the following opportunities in June for individuals that are interested in a career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force or New Zealand Army. Note: 
  1. For both experiences below, travel, food and accommodation will be provided. 
  2. Individuals will be notified if their application has been successful 
  3. Individuals must be double vaccinated.
  4. Individuals must be comfortable staying overnight for the NZ Army experience.  
  5. Individuals must be minimum of Year 12.
 Royal New Zealand Airforce Experience 

Date: 26 Jun 2022 North Island Candidates
Location: Woodbourne Air Base, Blenheim 

Do you have a passion for technical skills? Ever wonder what it takes to maintain RNZAF Aircraft, Communications and Weapon systems? On this experience you will:
  • Tour the Air Force Base viewing;
  • Tinker on our training aircraft
  • Fly an aircraft simulator 
  • Set up a military communication suite
  • View weapon systems used in the Air Force
Apply  here 


New Zealand Army Experience

Date: 14 - 15 June 2022
Location: Waiouru Military Camp, Waiouru 

Are you interested in joining the New Zealand Army as an Officer, Combat Specialist or Logistics Specialist? This experience will expose participants to the initial training period and what it takes to become an Officer or soldier in the New Zealand Army. During the experience you will: 
  • Visit a Tactical Field Exercise
  • Tour the Officer Cadet School of New Zealand (Officer Training School)
  • Tour The Army Depot (Recruit Training School)
  • Experience what it's like to operate in a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV)
  • Visit the Waiouru Museum
  • Stay in the barracks and eat at the mess
  • Take part in an Army PT Session 
Apply using this link here 

Massey University Tours

Join a tour on any Massey campus in Auckland, Manawatū or Wellington. These will show you the facilities and typical halls of residence. 

Follow this link to see when tours are held (the third Friday of every month from 20 May till 3 December at 10.00am ) and how to book:

Auckland University Engineering Information Evenings

Year 12 and 13 students and their whānau are invited to attend these online information sessions about the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) programme.

There are three sessions- Engineering 101  Tuesday 17 May
Engineering Student Life Wednesday 18 May
Engineering Specialisations and Careers Thursday 19 May 
Registration is essential to attend. Register now at 

Massey University Online Information Evening

Massey are hosting an online information evening for you and your whānau to get all the information you need about getting your first degree. Join from wherever you are.Thursday May 19th from 6.00-9.00pm.Register here

Immerse Education ‘Summer’ School in the UK

This organisation runs residential summer school programmes (the British Summer is in July/August)  for secondary students at Oxford University in the UK. 

University of Melbourne Information session

The University of Melbourne is holding an information session (UniMelb 101) for prospective students from New Zealand on 19th May from 6.00pm -7.30pm.
These are designed for students outside of Victoria to learn all there is to know about moving to Melbourne for study. Each session will run through our Melbourne curriculum, University Accommodation options, exchange and internship opportunities, entry requirements and scholarships, and our special entry access scheme Access Melbourne. Plus, students will hear from current Melbourne students who have already made the move from their state or region to Melbourne for study.
 Follow this link to register 

Career website- Jobted

Jobted aggregates job vacancies from all major New Zealand’s career sites, job boards and recruitment agencies, and organises that information to make it accessible with easy job-search features.

They  also a new salary section updated to 2022:

University of Gloucestershire Scholarships for International Students

Applications are open for International Scholarships Applications can now be submitted for their undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships worth 50% off one year of tuition fees. Application deadline is 12th June 2022. 
Students can apply here.
Please view terms and conditions here.

Massey University Aviation Open Day

The Aviation Open Day is later in the year on Saturday 10th September 2022. 
Registrations open in early May 2022,  but students can email Anke Smith, , directly to express their interest in registering to attend. 
 The selection board assessments/interviews for Jan 2023 applicants will occur during the 2nd week of the Oct school holidays (11th Oct-13th Oct). 


YouTube Launch
EducationUSA New Zealand teamed up with Australia to launch a joint YouTube channel as a depository of information for students interested in studying in the United States. The channel includes 20+ videos for students, parents, and educators to watch at their leisure. More videos and playlists will be added in the future 

About EducationUSA New Zealand
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network that promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. In New Zealand, we are located at the U.S. Consulate General Auckland and the U.S. Embassy Wellington. 

University of Canterbury New Degrees for 2023

UC has several new options for 2023. 
Take a look at the snack videos and descriptions below. 

Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability (BSEnS)
The Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability (BSEnS) explores the biggest global problems we have caused by injustice towards the environment and to communities, from pollution and climate change to world hunger. 

Aerospace Engineering minor – Bachelor of Engineering with Honours Aerospace engineering involves the design, development, testing, and production of aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems and equipment 

The Bachelor of Māori Innovation (BMINN) The Bachelor of Māori Innovation (BMINN) was created for the next generation of graduates who want to evolve our nation and future thinking through both Western and indigenous worldviews. The majors for this degree are design innovation, entrepreneurship and innovation, environmental innovation, health innovation, policy innovation and social innovation. 

New – Specialisations in the Bachelor of Arts

UC have changed  their Bachelor of Arts. (BA)  Students will still be able to choose from more than 30 subjects for a major or minor, but they are also adding  new pathways called Specialisations. 
What are specialisations? 
Specialisations are pathways of study through the BA consisting of courses based around a theme.  Specialisations are larger than a typical BA major (more than half of the programme of study will be based on the theme of the specialisation)

The seven new specialisations are: 
  1. Creative Industries and Contemporary Practice 
The Creative Industries – music & audio, film & media, art, creative writing, and more – are a significant part of the economies of New Zealand and others across the globe. They reflect the human need to apply our imaginations, and are essential parts of our social and cultural worlds. They are also significant areas of employment for creatives, and for those who support them in areas like arts management, marketing and administration. In this specialism, the focus is on understanding, developing and supporting contemporary creative production. Creative Industries and Contemporary Practice students become familiar with contemporary practice in at least two of the creative arts, through a mix of applied courses (e.g. creative writing or digital composition) and theoretical ones (e.g. contemporary cinema or art theory), along with courses focussing on general industry skills and knowledge in areas like management, marketing, and communication. 
  1. Cultural Heritage 
The Cultural Heritage specialisation will give students insights into the key issues, policies and working practices in the field of Cultural Heritage, with an international scope but with a particular emphasis on Aotearoa New Zealand. It covers topics that range from Te Reo Māori to contemporary art and indigenous film, and from the oral traditions of Ngāi Tahu to books, photographs, material culture, archaeological remains and the built environment. A specialisation in Cultural Heritage will clearly assist students in working in a sector in New Zealand which requires a high degree of bicultural competence
  1. Global Societies and Cultures 
The Global Societies and Cultures specialisation is for students interested in global history, society, and culture seeking a career path in international education, international cultural and artistic organisations, in government and non-government organisations in New Zealand and abroad. Graduates of this specialisation will be able to communicate in a language other than English. Skills in a second language greatly increase students’ competitiveness in the global job market and serve as a gateway to students’ cultural literacy and cross cultural awareness.This specialisation strongly encourages students to take part in international exchanges through existing UC exchange schemes and experience life abroad.
  1. International Affairs 
The International Affairs specialisation will produce globally-aware and internationally oriented specialists with an interdisciplinary background looking to develop career paths in foreign affairs, international relations and communications in government and non government organisations in New Zealand and abroad. Graduates of this specialisation will be able to communicate in a language other than English. Skills in a second language greatly increase students’ competitiveness in the global job market and serve as a gateway to students’ cultural literacy and cross-cultural awareness. The specialisation strongly encourages students to take part in international exchanges through existing UC exchange schemes and experience life abroad.
  1. Language, Brain & Behaviour 
How does the mind produce and process language, and how is language related to other forms of human cognition and human behaviour? How is language acquired, produced and understood, and in what ways does it reflect and create patterns in society? A comprehensive understanding of these issues requires an understanding of multiple disciplines. In this multidisciplinary specialisation, students will study human language, human cognition and human behaviour. With psychology and linguistics at its core, this specialisation takes a data driven approach. This specialisation will be of value to anyone interested in a language focused multidisciplinary program, and particularly useful for anyone wishing to continue on to areas such as language research, linguistics or psychology, language teaching, working with young children, communication skills and training, language-related policy development, data analysis and data sciences, language and ageing, language revitalization, or development of language technologies.
  1.  Philosophy, Politics & Economics 
Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) enables students to focus three years of study on related core issues in the three fields. PPE will give them indispensable tools for analysing the human world and thinking about the problems facing us in the 21st century. It teaches you what makes political institutions and economic systems tick, and explores the philosophical fundamentals of ethics and technology. 
  1. Society, Diversity, and Change 
A society is diverse in many different ways (for example, in terms of the ethnicities, genders, sexualities and religions of its citizens). In the Society, Diversity, and Change specialisation, by focusing on the issues that matter to them, students will examine diversity from the perspectives of different disciplines. They’ll also learn how we can improve equity outcomes by generating and leading social transformation. This specialisation will challenge their thinking about the world and the people who live in it. Graduates will be prepared to work in a wide range of contexts, including the human services, nonprofit and for-profit sectors, policy, and civil administration. 
Business Analytics Business Analytics is a new major for the Bachelor of Data Science and a new minor for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social and Environmental Sustainability, Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership. 

Parents as Careers Educators Online course

All the students at Samuel Marsden in Years 9-13 have access to the Careers Central platform. Careers Central have put together the following online course for parents of teenagers to examine how you can support your children as they make career decisions. See

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 2022, 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-

Thinking about university? A guide for New Zealand students, parents and whānau

This new website is a university sector-wide resource for New Zealand secondary schools, students and their whānau to provide information on applying to, and studying at, university. It includes a pdf with a comprehensive list of all bachelor’s degrees and their majors offered at New Zealand's eight universities, along with useful information on university life. 

Melbourne University Information

Money Management Information

Moneyhub has put together a very comprehensive guide called Money in a Nutshell that is worthwhile having a look at, especially students planning to leave home next year. Moneyhub also has a good scholarship guide as well. 

Guide to Non- University tertiary study options

A guide outlining alternatives to university and techs is now available online

Education USA New Zealand

EducationUSA is in the process of shifting their planned in-person outreach to virtual engagement. They will continue to use their Facebook page to announce virtual events. Students and parents can get in touch via email or Facebook Messenger. They have weekly phone appointments available, which can be booked through the events section of their Facebook page. Facebook: 
They encourage students who plan to take either the SAT or the ACT in the coming months to stay informed of any changes by monitoring the following resources: SAT:  ACT:  

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:

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:

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

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.

Resilience, Stress and Grit

A short online course is available to complete here-

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.

Selection to Medicine and Veterinary Science

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: You must take health Science First Year (HSFY) and apply for entry at the end of your fist year. It is recommended students take Level 3 Chemistry, Physics and  Calculus and at least one English rich subject (this could include Biology but does not have to be).  This information was updated December 2021.

 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 or Chemistry or Physics (you need a minimum of 18 credits in at least one of these)  and at least one English rich subject (English, History, Classical Studies, Geography, History of Art, Te Reo Māori (or Te Reo Rangatira) or Social Studies  (you need at least 18 credits in one of these)   Entry is based on your rank score. In 2022 they want you to have a rank score of 250 for your top 80 credits. 
For Biomedical Science (280 rank score entry for 2022)  it is strongly recommended that students have Level 3 Chemistry and  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 ) is recommended for most of Science majors, as there is still some level of writing involved once at university.  See-
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 test is a 2 hour computer based test which gives students immediate results. The test consists of five, separately timed, sub-tests in these areas:  verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement .All the universities in New Zealand and Australia who use UCAT for admissions 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  
MedEntry is a private organisation who offer preparation help at a cost. 
Applications for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Massey 
The recommended preparation for the BVSc Preselection semester is now as follows - 
  • Entry into the veterinary pre-selection semester is open to all applicants who meet university entrance standards. However, they strongly recommend that in order to give yourself the best chance of success in being selected to the professional phase of the BVSc, you should complete 14-20 credits in each of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and EITHER Calculus OR Statistics at NCEA Level 3
  • Note: Students are selected into the professional phase on the basis of passing all the pre-requisite courses, completing 80 hours of veterinary work experience, their grades, and performance in the other selection assessments. Students for whom English is a second language are required to achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with no band less than 6.5 for selection into the professional phase