Useful Links

Quick Links for NZ Universities & Popular Tertiary Institutions:

Auckland University of Technology (AUT):   AUT’s Future Career Sheets

ARA Institute of Canterbury (previously CPIT):

Go to Experience Ara for info on taster days, info evenings and short courses in school holidays

Lincoln University:

Massey University:

Otago Polytechnic:

University of Auckland: School Subject Guide

University of Canterbury: Page for High School Students

What subjects should I take at school?

What Can I do with a Degree from UC?  (great series of career info brochures)

University of Otago:   Required and Recommended School Subjects

Otago Subject Info Sheets    Otago Subject Pages

Victoria University of Wellington:  Planning Ahead: School Subjects  Career View booklets   Victoria Degree Sheets

Other providers in Christchurch include:

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT),   NZ School of Tourism, ITC (International Travel College)NZ Institute of Sport,  Mainz Music,  National Trades Academy,  Yoobee,  NZ Tertiary College  (Early Childhood Education + Health & Wellbeing),  Learning People (career-ready IT training), Whitecliffe Technology


Resources for Exploring Different Occupations & Careers

Careers NZ is one of the most useful websites for anyone exploring potential career options.  Here you can find information on over 400 different roles/jobs/vocations, including what the work involves, key skills and aptitudes, earning potential, availability of work, training & qualification requirements with links to different training providers, entry requirements, and so on.  There are also lots of useful tools for getting career ideas, creating your CV, tips on finding work, etc. Try the CareerQuest quiz which takes ~15mins.

CareerCentral is an online digital platform that you can log into using your KAMAR username and login that access the CareersNZ jobs database and also has some other useful features. You can build up a personal profile with your own unique skills, strengths and interests, as well as keep track of jobs/careers that interest you in your Job Bank. Jobs are also linked to current advertisements on TradeMe, which can really help you explore the employment prospects in a particular field.  The BullsEye quizzes are really useful in finding out your top future pathways and work clusters.

StudySpy is a free course comparison tool and scholarship index that helps Aotearoa’s young adults make one of the most important decisions of their lives.

School Leavers’ Toolkit:  advice and resources for finding your way after leaving school. – is a new resource for Kiwis navigating the workforce It’s hard to navigate the future workforce, so is here to help students. With over 100 short videos, students can gain insights into different job types, and the skills needed to get into exciting roles.   Check out

Occupation Outlook 2017 is an app and website tool launched by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment that uses the latest information available to forecast the employment prospects, cost of training and salaries payable by occupation and sector. It also gives statistics on the number of graduates each year in particular programmes.

No Major Drama – The smart way to learn about NZ university majors!

Dual Degree vs Double Major – This guide by Study Corgi can be helpful for students considering a dual degree or double major or just exploring majors and careers.

Just the Job – NZ’s career seekers inspirational videos website has nearly 300 career videos arranged under their vocational pathway headings.

School Connect is another useful resource for students. You can search for study options and careers and take a short 5min quiz to help you see career pathways suited to your interests and personality.

Will a Robot Take Your Job? – there are now a range of tools available to help us navigate the impacts of new technology on the labour market, such as AI and automation.  This BBC website is one such tool which calculates the likelihood of a particular job/role/vocation/profession becoming automated or continuing into the foreseeable future.  Another similar calculator created with US statistics is


Resources for CVs, Interviews & Job-Hunting

MoneyHub’s Student Jobs Guideincludes useful tips and resources for getting a part-time or holiday job, as well as lists of NZ companies who currently employ students.

MoneyHub’s latest CV Tips & Templates – updated for 2020 with easy-to-use templates  + how to write a cover letter

CV and Cover Letter tips and templates has a great selection of creatively presented CV templates

Further Cv and Cover Letter resources and templates on Careers NZ site.

My Resume Tips A resource that gives some useful advice about how to make your resume stand out from the crowd. There are also example profile statements and word bank lists  (of qualities, characteristics, etc) that are helpful when writing your CV.

MoneyHub’s University or Polytechnic Student CV Tips how to refine and tailor your CV when applying for graduate roles

STAR Interview Method – how to prepare for job interviews

Job Interview Checklist – Never go without these 10 essential things

The Ultimate Guide to Completing a Job Application Form

University Interview Guide

CV and Interview Guide from Competenz This downloadable guide contains plenty of great info about finding a job in a trade or vocational field, compiled by Competenz (the Trades Industry Training Organisation).

YouthHub is like the LinkedIn for young people.  The site enables young people to build an online profile and CV which they can enhance at any time with information, photos and videos. They can also record their activities and skills, seek references, learn about new opportunities and apply for training or jobs. Read an article about YouthHub in School News here, including how it has been endorsed by the Ministry of Social Development.


Personality Type Quizzes & Strengths Finder:

VIA Character Strengths Finder – take the free quiz to identify your top strengths.

16 Personalities    Personality Max  or try the very quick Buzz Quiz to find your animal

(all of these are based on the original Myers Briggs Type Indicators)


Personalised Career Coaching Services:

Swivel Careers   Unsure what to do with your life after leaving school and still trying to discover your passion? Interested in an in-depth, personalised, career coaching programme?  Find out what the Swivel programme involves and how it can help you discover your purpose and embark on the best career pathway for you.

Zest People is another such company offering personalised career counselling service, run by two Christchurch-based ladies, Michelle Staples and Jude Mackwell.



List of Health, PE & Sport degree options in NZ

StudyLink helps students make informed decisions about their tertiary student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online.  This is where you can find out about and apply for Student Loans and Student Allowances.  In order to register, you will need certain information and documentation, such as your IRD number, bank account details and parents’ income details and evidence (for Student Allowance applications).

Volunteering Canterbury is the Canterbury branch of Volunteering NZ –a registered charity that helps promote and coordinate volunteer work.  Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience and build skills, enabling people of all ages to be productive, contributing members of society.  SMC includes a service component in its Year 12 and 13 programmes, to assist students in developing a service ethos and, at the same time, developing their experience and skills for their CVs.  Check out their website to find out about volunteering opportunities available.