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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 guides and information 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  JETmag.co.nz 
Leaving School magazine is available online by following this link www.leavingschool.co.nz

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


Upcoming Dates:

September 23 Waikato University Applicant Day, Hamilton

September 30  Most hostel applications close.

September 30 Zespri scholarship closes.

October 1       AUT accommodation applications open

October 1       Canterbury University enrolment for 2018 opens.

October 6       ICHM scholarship closes.

October 8       Auckland Law School Entry Level Scholarships close

October 19     Victoria University Information Evening 6.00pm-9.30pm, Kelburn.

October 25     Massey University in school for course planning at lunchtime, MH6.

December 10 Try to make sure you are enrolled for University by now as many limited entry courses close by this date.

December 16  Apply for Studylink by now if required.

Victoria University Information Evening

Victoria University is holding a second information evening for parents and prosepective students on Thursday 19 October at their Kelburn Campus, Kelburn Parade. ‘

5.45-6.45pm Services and Faculty Expo and Camous tours

6.45-7.30pm Q & A panel with representatives from Admissions, Student Finance, Student Learning and Careers.

7.30pm onward Group planning sessions

The university is running drop-in course advice sessions throughout the two weeks of the upcoming holidays. (Monday 2nd- Friday 13th October, week days only) Students just need to turn up at the main reception between 9.00am and 4.30pm.

Massey University- new scholarships in Commercial Music and Creative Media Production

The Massey School of Music and Creative Media Production has announced seven new scholarships for students commencing study in 2018. Three are in Commercial Music are worth $7500 over three years. This degree offers three majors: Music Technology, Music Practice and Music Industry.  The four scholarships in Creative Media Production are worth $6000 over three years. One will be awarded to a student in each of the four pathways: Film and Television, Animation and VFX, Game Development, and Web and Interactive Development. See https://creative.massey.ac.nz/study/scholarships/

Studylink- Student Loans

If your daughter is in Year 13 she may be planning to apply for a student loan. Students in Year 13 who are intending to use the student loan scheme should have signed up by now to receive email reminders about the process. Parents can also view these email reminders at this website. Students who have not signed up to receive the emails can do so on this website as well as view past emails.

Massey University College of Creative Arts- new scholarship for International students

The College of Creative Arts has created a new Scholarship available exclusively to International students: the Massey University Creative Arts International Excellence Scholarships.

The Scholarships are worth $15,000 for 3-year degree programmes and $20,000 for 4-year degree programmes (spread in $5,000 tuition decreases each year AND a student needs to maintain a ‘B’ average each year to keep the scholarship).

The programmes on offer are:

Bachelor of Design (Hons)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons)

Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts

Bachelor of Creative Media Production

Bachelor of Commercial Music

Details of this scholarship can be found here and this is where the application form is as well. In order for a student to apply they will need either Merit or Excellence Endorsement overall AND Excellence in at least one Art, Design, Music or Technology subject in NCEA 2.

Students will still need to pass NCEA 3, receive UE and thus an Unconditional Offer of Place at Massey University for enrolment in Feb 2018.

There are two deadlines:

Students need to apply by Oct 1 to receive guaranteed on campus accommodation (they also need to apply for accommodation too).

The final deadline for all applications is November 10 (though these students may not get on campus accommodation).


CCUSA – Camp Counselors USA

This organisation will help to arrange work placements in the USA for their summer camps. Students thinking of taking a GAP year may like to consider this as part of their year. See http://www.ccusa.co.nz/ for more details.

The largest performing arts camp in America ‘French Woods’ is coming to hire in New Zealand.

This is a great opportunity to meet and interview with a USA camp director and secure work for the following summer in the United States of America OR even just to find out information for job opportunities across America. They will be in Wellington Monday 25th of September. For more information about this event see:  


Te Auaha

Te Auaha is the new combined creative campus for Whitireia and WelTec, which opens  Trimester 1 , March 2018.  www.teauaha.com

They are offering  tours for interested students. Contact  andrea.adams@weltec.ac to make arrangements. To celebrate the new opening they are running a competition  giving creative Kiwis an opportunity to express their talents. The prize is a Macbook Pro. See https://www.teauaha.com/create-your-a/  for details. The competition closes on 31 October, 2017.


The N G Stewart Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student of Otago University who has a disability that makes attending university a challenge. This includes learning disabilities as well as physical.

Applicants must:

  • Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

  • Have a disability of at least six months or longer.

  • Be intending to enrol, or already be enrolled in an undergraduate degree at the University of Otago.

More information about this scholarship is available by clicking on the following link.


Applications close 15 January 2018


Wellington North Rotary Tertiary Education Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Wellington North Inc offers a number of Scholarships to provide assistance for tertiary education, vocational training or development of life skills.  Scholarships are typically in the range of $1,000 to $5,000.

Preference is given to students who:

  • have shown ability to work and a desire to succeed;

  • because of financial hardship, would be less likely to complete the training or education OR would only complete it with difficulty, the cause of which is not the person’s own doing

  • are of good repute;

  • reside, or are currently being educated, within the Greater Wellington area;

  • can demonstrate the potential and ability to undertake and complete the training or education.

There is no age restriction. Application forms can be found here and close 31 October : http://www.wellingtonnorth.org.nz/scholarships/


Auckland University Bachelor of Global Studies

A handbook for the new Bachelor of Global Studies is now available. The Bachelor of Global Studies is a cross-faculty degree which pulls together expertise from the faculties of Arts, Business, Creative Arts and Industries, Education, Engineering, Law and Science.  

Interested students should email Ms Binns for a copy.

Zespri Horticultural Scholarship

In 2015 Zespri launched a new horticultural scholarship scheme providing up to $15,000 towards tuition fees for two outstanding secondary school leavers to support their studies towards a career in the horticulture industry. This could include degrees in science, management, marketing, nutrition or business for example. The scholarship also includes mentoring and opportunities to be involved with the kiwifruit industry. Applications are now open and close 30 September. See https://www.zespri.com/Pages/HortScholarship.aspx for eligibility and application details.

Auckland Law School Entry Level Scholarships

These scholarships are worth $2000, $1000 paid each year for two years, and are based on Year 12 results. Applications close 8 October. See https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/current-students/cs-scholarships-and-awards/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards/university-of-auckland-faculty-of-law-entry-level-scholarships-699-law.html for details.

Teaching Qualifications for 2018

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. https://www.teachnz.govt.nz/thinking-of-teaching/qualifications-information-for-2018/

Careers in Hospitality, Tourism and Hotel Management -PIHMS (Pacific International Hotel Management School)

Interested students in Years 12 and 13 can apply for the PIHMS career week which is held 9-12 October (in the school holidays)  PIHMS career week provides any student with the opportunity to experience PIHMS, their culture, lifestyle, education, training to see if this is where your future lies. PIHMS is based in New Plymouth.

The cost for the week is $199 with everything included – Accommodation, all meals & beverages and scheduled activities

All students attending need to be serious about considering PIHMS as an option for tertiary study

Email andreww@pihms.ac.nz to apply for career week or for more information about PIHMS.

www.pihms.ac.nz/career-week.html   to apply online.

Yoobee School of Design -additional holiday programme

An additional holiday programme learning to create Augmented Reality has been added to the school holiday programmes listed below. It runs 2nd-3rd October from 9.00am-3.00pm and costs $210. Students will need to bring a smartphone- Android or iPhone, or an iPad or tablet if it has a camera.


Canterbury University- new product design degree

Canterbury are offering a new degree in 2018, the Bachelor of Product Design (BProdDesign). This is a three year professional degree and combines creative design, science, engineering and business studies. The new degree has three majors:

  • Applied Immersive Game design

  • Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation

  • Industrial product design

There will also be a new major, Data Science, available for a Bachelor of Science degree.

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.

See http://www.aut.ac.nz/being-a-student/employability/future-career-sheets


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 2017 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.



Although many entrance scholarships have now closed, I would like to draw your attention to other scholarships in the community that are still open and may benefit you.  Please click on the links to read more about the scholarships.

Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust Scholarship https://www.westpac.co.nz/who-we-are/sustainability-and-community/contributing-to-our-communities/providing-help/te-waiu-o-aotearoa/. The trust was established to promote, develop, and provide for the education and advancement of Māori, within the banking and finance industry and general business.

TINZT – Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust http://www.tinzt.org.nz/tinzt-tourism-academic-scholarships/. UP to three $2500 scholarships awarded to applicants who have successfully completed Level 2 NCEA, to go toward their first year of tertiary study in 2018.

The Deloitte Award Scholarship

This scholarship is available to Year 12 and 13 students of Māori descent, who are studying Accounting.  The aim of the Deloitte Award is to assist and encourage Māori students to study Accounting at school and to support tertiary study to pursue a career in Accounting.

The successful student will be awarded:

  • $1500 over a period of three years

  • Invitation to Deloitte networking events

  • Mentoring by a member of the Deloitte Māori Business team

  • A paid internship in 2nd year of relevant undergraduate study

More information on the programme, and the application form, are available on their website https://www2.deloitte.com/nz/en/pages/careers/careers/most-promising-maori-accountant.html


Lincoln University

Applications are now open for accommodation at Lincoln.  There is only a two month window to get applications in - they close October 1.

·  Applications are submitted at mylinc.nz.

·  To apply for accommodation prospective students must have applied to study first.

·  The CCRF must be received by October 2.

Subject-based Career Choices brochures can be found here. These brochures answer some of the most common questions that their students ask when considering study and career plans.

Picky website launch

Picky ( https://www.picky.co.nz/) is new website for any students 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 key dates

Enrolments close – Nov 24th (Communications = Sept 30th, Art and Design with portfolio = Sept 30th)

Accommodation Halls- applications open - October

It’s first in first serve basis, so students interested should apply in October when they open.

Scholarships close – September 1st

ICHM (International College of Hotel management)- scholarship opportunity.

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 have a scholarship worth $32000 ($8000 a year for four years) open to New Zealand residents. Interested students should see Ms Binns for a copy of the application form.  They have a career week from 25-29 September.

Students interested in ICHM should collect a brochure from the careers display in the senior school foyer. Also see https://www.ichm.edu.au/about/careers/career-weeks


Useful links for AUT:

 AUT Future Students Events https://www.aut.ac.nz/future-students-events

AUT Future Students Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AUTFutureStudents/

Scholarships http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/fees-scholarships-and-finance/scholarships/school-and-community-partnership

Video content about AUT programmes, services, and communities https://www.youtube.com/user/AUTUniversity


Victoria University

The new version of the 2018 Guide to Undergraduate Study is available here- http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/course-planning/publications/guide-to-undergraduate-study/guide-to-undergraduate-study.pdf

Students also have access to printed copies at school.

Bachelor of Health

Victoria University have a brand new Bachelor of Health degree www.victoria.ac.nz/bhlth

This is a three year non- medical degree and has five possible majors: Population Health, Poilcy and Service Delivery, Health Psychology, Health Informatics and Heath Software Development. Victoria is offering inaugural scholarships of up to $5000 each for students enrolling in the first year of the programme. (www.victoria.ac.nz/scholarships)


Art and Design Portfolio Day – Registrations are open now and students can register for this online HERE

This is a chance for students to learn more about AUT’s art and design programmes and receive info around how to format and submit your portfolio when applying for these programmes.

Studylink (student loan ) Updates

Sign up to Studylink for information and they will email you reminders and guides to the application process later this year.



Possible GAP Year in Tourism and Adventure

Adventure Guide Internship programme based in Queenstown commencing April 2018

This is a 12 week course focusing on individual skills and group leadership. You would gain New Zealand outdoor guiding qualifications, and on completion will be placed in an adventure tourism roles based in Queenstown - working for companies involved with jet-boating, climbing, hiking, bungy jumping and much more.

This programme is a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry as a guide or as a GAP year option - offering qualifications and adventure all in one.


Projects Abroad- for Years 11 and 12

Spend two weeks volunteering alongside a group of like-minded students from across the globe, while contributing positively to communities in need. This year's trips run from 10 - 23 December 2017 and 7 - 20 January 2018, in Fiji, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Samoa. From Conservation and Medicine to Care and Community work, there's an option to suit everyone. These projects are fully supervised, and consist of a mix of practical volunteer work and cultural activities, so that you can really get to know the local way of life. Sign up individually or with your friends – for an unforgettable summer experience.

For available projects see http://www.projects-abroad.co.nz/projects/high-school-projects/?utm_source=targeted_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=main_article_findoutmore&utm_campaign=HSS%2BNewsletter

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 2017, or who have a letter of confirmation from any NZ Tertiary education provider, can use SJS up to 4 months before they start study. SJS will also be at the careers expo. (Stall 73).

These links may be useful-

Starting study information for students

Student Job Search

New degree at Auckland University

Subject to approval Auckland University will be offering a new Bachelor of Global Studies next year. This will be unique to the University of Auckland. They plan to offer four possible majors in this degree: 1. Global Economic and Sustainable development, 2. Global Politics and Human Rights, 3. International Relations and Business, 4. Transnational Cultures and Creative Practice.  The goal of this degree is to prepare students for careers in the public or private sector, local or national government, foreign affairs and diplomacy, NGOs and non-profits, international media, teaching or tourism.


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.  https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2017


Melbourne University

Following discussions with VTAC, all New Zealand school-leaver applicants for 2018 intakes will be encouraged to apply through VTAC for Melbourne’s undergraduate programs. This will include those with NCEA, A Level and IB results. This change will provide for clearer recruitment messaging - any school leaver, regardless of citizenship, applies through VTAC – and more streamlined Admissions processes. While direct applications will continue to be processed, VTAC will be the preferred method. The Future Students website will be updated to reflect these changes prior to the application period. You can view the 2018 prospectus at https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/contact/brochure There are also some in the careers room.

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. www.otago.ac.nz/otago-life/index.html

Facebook page for school students- upcoming events, stories of interest, information about study options and more  www.facebook.com/UOLiaison

The My Otago First Year (MOFY) website www.otago.ac.nz/mofy/index.html

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 www.otago.ac.nz/hedc/students/index.html


Go Kiwi Go- Global Volunteering Adventures

Go Kiwi Go (GKG) is for anyone aged over 18. The volunteer experience can be from 2-24 weeks.The programmes are designed to support volunteers with an international experience, while building their global competence. As part of the volunteer experience, participants complete the Global Competence Certificate (GCC). See http://www.gokiwigo.org/ for more information.

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. http://occupationoutlook.mbie.govt.nz/  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.

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.) There are several organisations that offer support in preparing for UMAT and this one (MedEntry) has sent me some information, available via the link.


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.

See: https://cdn.auckland.ac.nz/assets/central/for/future-undergraduates/parentsguide/Parents%20Guide%202016%20Web.pdf


careers websites
1. government careers website.url.url
2. Massey University careers website.url.url
3. No major dramas.url.url
4. Just the job.url.url
5. Futureintech course finder.url.url
7. Occupational outlook.url
8. school connect.url
10. profile builder.url
My Career Match
givMe /Breakout. Search engine for scholarships..url
11.Courses at Canterbury
Futureintech student's page
Tenancy services- flatting guidelines
NZ skills in demand
Digital Careers
Just the Job videos
School leaver
CV builder
Otago Recommended school subjects
9. Future Me
Guides and information
1. Guide to Job Hunting (University of Canterbury careers).url.url
2. UMAT practice.url.url
4. Feedback about careers in IT.docx
5. UMAT.url
Canterbury recommended school subjects
3. University of canterbury career guides.url
beginners guide social media booklet
Latitude GAP years brochure
Top jobs in 2015
Waikato interactive tour
Canterbury University videos
Next step careers magazine
12 AUT
Financial Survival Guide
Parental role in careers for their children
Auckland recommended subjects
Employability survey- Victoria
Why study STEM subjects video
Massey recommended subjects
Otago Uni Careers page
Engineering options
Lincoln University career booklets by subject
Parents guide Auckland
Thinking About University A guide for NZ students, parents and whanau
AUT Career guides
Victoria recommended subjects
Otago recommended subjects
Overseas applications- non USA
2. UK university application information.url.url
6. converting NCEA to Australian entry scores.docx
NZ_INF_SHEET for Cambridge
Health Care for NZ students studying in Australia
Australian Universities Information
Changes to Australian fees and student loans for NZers.
US Universities
1. Search for courses.url
2. how to apply video.url
USA sports
5. ACT for USA.url
USA Application process
Admissions Process
Financial assistance
Sports scholarships
sports scholarships- more detail
Standardized testing info USA
Study in America
Useful websites for US study
IM Topics
1_Your Learning Mindset_Video Transcript.pdf
2_How Your Brain Works_Video Transcript.pdf
3_Positive Classroom Learning_Video Transcript.pdf
25_Academic Excellence_Video Transcript.pdf
26_Relaxation and Balance_Video Transcript.pdf
27_Review and Rewrite Your Notes_Video Transcript.pdf
28_Memory Techniques_Video Transcript.pdf
4_Approaches to Studying_Video Transcript.pdf
Watching the study skills films on clickview.docx
IM Worksheets
1_Your Learning Mindset_Student Worksheets.pdf
2_How Your Brain Works_Student Worksheets.pdf
3_Positive Classroom Learning_Student Worksheets.pdf
4_Approaches to Studying_Student Worksheets.pdf
25_Academic Excellence_Student Worksheets.pdf
26_Relaxation and Life-balance_Student Worksheets.pdf
27_Review and Rewrite Your Notes_Article Activity Sheet b.pdf
27_Review and Rewrite Your Notes_Article Activity Sheet.pdf
27_Review and Rewrite Your Notes_Student Worksheets.pdf
10. _Memory Techniques_Student Worksheets.pdf
Watching the study skills films on clickview.docx
IM Audios
1. Your Learning Mind-set.mp3
2. How Your Brain Works.mp3
3. Positive Classroom Learning.mp3
4. Approaches to Studying.mp3
25. Academic Excellence.mp3
26. Relaxation and Life-balance.mp3
27. Review and Rewrite Your Notes.mp3
28. Memory Techniques.mp3
Watching the study skills films on clickview.docx
Career games
1. career games .url
2. Could this be your life.url
3. Holland hexagon.url
Victoria's Financial survival guide
oompher videos
oompher web series
AUT Science 21 videos- careers using science
science 21 videos
World University Rankings
World University Ranking by Subject