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.


Victoria University Pasifika Family Evening

Tuesday 23 August |  6-8pm | Rutherford House, Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus 
The evening will be an opportunity to be informed about admission, degree programmes, financing studies, support services and student experiences + other important information.  To register, please complete the form:


Girlboss are hosting a 10 day Accelerator course which is completely free and online for young women between the ages of 15-21 who want to learn about money, business and investing. This is self paced with a commitment of 1-2 hours a day and runs from October 7-16th. See here for more information  

2022 Girlboss Awards 

Girlboss are looking for young Kiwi women aged 11-18, who are creating change in their communities. There are awards (value $1000)  in several categories from arts and culture to leadership. Take a look and if you feel you want to nominate someone (or yourself) do so before 31 August 2022. . 

Hands-On at Otago

Hands-On at Otago 2023 will run from 15–20 January 2023 and is open to all students who are in Year 12 or 13 in 2023. This is an opportunity to experience life as a university student at the Dunedin campus. During the week you will be involved in a research project, taster options and social activities. See here for the subject areas on offer in sciences, business, humanities and health sciences. and here for all the information about this experience, costs and how to apply.  Applications close Thursday 8 September, 2022. 

QRC (Queenstown Resort College) Information evening

Queenstown Resort College has Hospitality Management and Adventure Tourism Management diplomas, fully paid internships, scholarships and  degree pathways to the University of Otago and ICMS, Australia.
They are holding an information evening in Wellington on Friday 26 August from 6.30pm-8.00pm at the Movenpick Hotel, 345 The Terrace in the Tui room.

University of Auckland Future Students Evening

Secondary school students, whānau, parents and caregivers are invited to an information evening hosted by the University of Auckland. Come and hear about the undergraduate programmes, entry requirements, scholarships, campus life and more.  
This will be held Monday 22 August, from 7.00pm-8.30pm at the ASB Sports Centre, Ngake/Whataitai room, 72 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington.  Please register your attendance online prior to the event. 

AUT Live Open Day

AUT Open day is Saturday  August 27
Learn more about study options at AUT’s open day, held at the AUT City Campus in Auckland’s CBD. Attend programme information sessions, explore their  facilities and meet academic staff who can guide you in 2023 and beyond.

Auckland University Information evening and Open Day

Mānawa Mai | Open Day Saturday 27 August
Get a taste of your future and experience what it’s like to be part of the whānau at Open Day. Explore the vibrant campus in the heart of Auckland, check out the faculties, chat to the staff and students and get a feel for what Waipapa Taumata Rau is all about. Expect an action-packed day with live performances, DJs, food trucks and activities and discover the social side of university. It’s the perfect way to get started on your journey with Auckland University..

University of Canterbury Rā Tōmene/Open Day

Rā Tōmene | UC Open Day – open for registrations
Students and their whānau can also book now for the 9 September Open Day, which is a wonderful opportunity to see their teaching facilities, meet some of the lecturers and tour the halls of residence. If students want to visit our campus sooner, you can book one of their regular campus tours.

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:

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. 

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:

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. 

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