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.


Marsden Careers Evening - Thursday 9 May 2019

This evening is open to Year 10-13 students from Karori and Whitby. I like to get about a dozen speakers to come in and talk about their careers. If you are interested in taking part, or you know anyone you could recommend, particularly ex-pupils from the schools, please contact me, Susan Binns, at

Otago On Campus Experience (OCE)

Students in Year 13 of Māori descent who are interested in studying at Otago University next year can apply for the On Campus Experience here.

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:

DEFENCE CAREERS EXPERIENCE 15-18th APRIL 2019 - Female Students Only

 Year 12 and 13 students interested in attending the following Central Region Defence Careers Experience  (DCE) from 15-18 April, 2019, should contact Ms Binns. She can nominate only two students, so if interested please contact her as soon as possible. 
The DCE will be based at Linton Military Camp, Palmerston North and will involve 50 candidates from all over New Zealand. The NZDF will cover accommodation, transport and meal costs.The aim of the DCE is to provide a four day experience of the roles, expectations and life style of our soldiers. The DCE is designed to challenge students through a wide variety of unfamiliar situations and team building activities. 
Physical fitness activities will be conducted throughout the period, with early morning exercises, leadership and confidence building evolutions, and social interaction with fellow candidates and NZDF personnel. Candidates will be assessed on leadership potential and will receive a certificate of completion.
Candidates should arrive prepared with a high standard of physical fitness and carrying no injuries. Candidates are asked to challenge themselves to complete all activities to the best of their ability.
Applicants should not have previously attended a DCE, applied for a career in the NZDF or be a member of the NZ Cadet Forces.Due to security restrictions, all applicants must be New Zealand Citizens or Permanent Residents.
Applications close at 12pm, 26th February, 2019.

Young Women in Leadership

Massey University is running a Young Women in Leadership Programme at its Wellington campus. This programme is open to students in Year 12 in 2019 and is particularly aimed at students who would not normally consider a leadership position. Massey University runs this course, and it has no bearing on leadership positions at school. It offers the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of leadership. The programme will run from 10 April to 5 June 2019. 
This programme is designed to assist you:·         
  • To identify your values and passions and how this connects to the development of a leadership identity
  • To learn about the many different ways and contexts within which leadership is exercised and that it is not based on position.·         
  • To develop leadership skills and experience in the delivery of a project.
As a programme participant, you will:·         
  • Attend a day-long leadership training workshop on 10 April at the Wellington campus.·         
  • Plan for and deliver a small-scale project (to be conducted between 10 April – 5 June) with other students in the programme from your school. (However, if this is not possible, you can work with other students from your school who did not attend the workshop.)  Project examples include awareness raising, educational programmes or campaigns, small-scale events, fundraising for charity, and preparation of a presentation or submission to another entity (such as a council).  You will receive mentorship from Massey University to provide you with guidance and advice.        
  • Attend a second half-day workshop on 5 June and give a short presentation on your project.·         
  • Be awarded a Massey University certificate on successful completion of the programme.
The programme is open to all students who wish to attend, provided:·         Y
  • You are interested in developing leadership skills and knowledge·         
  • You are willing to commit to the delivery of a project·         
  • You are prepared to catch up work missed the days you attend the workshops
Final shortlisted applicants will be determined by Massey University and preference will be given to young women who are not currently in leadership positions within their school. Please note you need to pass application form to Ms Allen to endorse so allow time for this process. 
Email Ms Binns for the application form. 
Please forward completed application to: Vasudha Rao –    
Applications must be received by 25 February 2019

Immerse Education

This is an opportunity for students from around the world to attend a two-week residential programme for 13-15 year old and 16-18 year old students. These take place in University of Cambridge colleges in the UK during July and August. Students can select from 18 subjects, such as Medicine, Computer Science or Law, and explore through dynamic sessions led by expert university tutors.See for more information and how to apply. I have 5 discount codes available that give you £250 off the costs, so please contact me if you are thinking of applying. 

Papa Taiao Predator Free and Sustainability Leadership Programme

A new opportunity for students  is available this year. The programme is aimed at motivated students who want to lead environmental projects in their school and community. Students will need to apply to participate and they will select three young leaders from each school. The course is aimed at year 11 to 13 students, however, if younger students (year 9 and 10) are interested, they can apply and complete the course without the NCEA component. Students will need to commit to workshops from 4pm-7pm every three weeks. They will be responsible for their own transport to workshop locations in Wellington city. The date and locations of workshops is to be confirmed.The 2019 programme will be more student led, with students attending 10 workshops throughout the year to learn project management skills. They will focus on sustainability and conservation.The course is $500 per student.Applications close on February 8th. The first whanaungatanga camp to connect students to each other and the programme will be overnight on Friday the 15th February. Applications can be made here. Please see Ms Binns for more information if you are interested.

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 2018, 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.

Keystone Trust Scholarships

Keystone Trust offer scholarships to students studying in the fields of property or careers in this field. See possible careers here well as scholarships, the Keystone Trust can arrange mentoring and internships for students.The scholarships are valued at $5000 a year for three years. are a number of possible careers that can qualify for this scholarship such as engineering, landscape design, urban planning, contruction and property law, to name a few.

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.  
Lattitude will hold information evenings for interested students and their parents. 
Wellington dates are as follows:  
It is important to note that their Priority Application closing date for 2020 gap year opportunities is  Monday 29th April 2019  Applying before this date will give applicants priority selection in their country of choice. .  

​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.

Pre-Med courses UK

These courses are organised by a UK based company and run during February 2019 and from June-August 2019. They are 1 or 2-week courses designed especially for students that are seriously interested in going into careers in medicine or dentistry. The courses are aimed at students aged 15 and older.They take place in the United Kingdom in London, in Bangkok, Thailand and Palampur in India. Students from all over the world take part and work in hospitals during the course, all with the aim of teaching them about healthcare and allowing them to get a better understanding of these professions. Be aware, the costs on the websites are for students based in the UK so NZ students would have additional travel costs. See for more information.

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.