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 Year 12 Careers Information Booklet

What is a Career?
A career is the sum total of paid and unpaid work, learning and life roles you undertake throughout your life. It embraces roles at home, community, work along with leisure activities, learning and work.

Stages of Career Development for people of all ages.

1. Know yourself and what's important to you

2.  Discover and explore what's available- jobs, courses, training, 

3.  Make Choices  about what options are right for you and take steps to get to where you want to be

Booklet Contents
Part A Year 12 To Do Careers Check list (form teachers and parents)
Part B Career Self-Assessment Tools and job research; Career Voyage and www.career.govt.nz
Part C Year 12/13 leacer information
Part D Applying for part-time or casual work.
Interview Preparation
CV and Cover letter using a template www.career.govt.nz

Part A Year 12 Checklist
Form teacher/parent may help
By the end of Year 12 you should ideally have

1. Completed Career Voyage ‘online career assessment tool’ at school. ?

2. Conducted personal research on ‘how to get into/train for 2-5 particular jobs’ using the www.careers.govt.nz. (Click ‘Jobs Database’ - top middle of red band). ?
(Copy and paste 5 job areas/results to your DreamCatcher file later). ?

3. Researched a) jobs held by people known to you or your family ?

OR b) looked up people in jobs ... http://www.justthejob.co.nz &

http://www.careers.govt.nz/jobs then go to “About the Job” ?

4. Considered job opportunities and labour market (www.careers.govt.nz ‘Whats Happening in the Job Market?’ or ‘Jobs Database’ then “What are the chances of getting a job?” or http://dol.govt.nz/publications/lmr/occupational-outlook/) ?

5. If unsure of subject selection, future study or work plansHad a careers interview with Ms Wallace or Ms Ruland. ?

6. In your own time, attended Careers Expos, tertiary visits and course planning sessions. ?
7. Checked intranet STUDENT SUPPORT...CAREERS.... Year 12 or Year 13...for comprehensive information on entry criteria, loans, accommodation, tertiary visit dates and venues, what you need to have ready before applying online... ?

8. Investigated financial scholarship opportunities and applications procedures.
a. View www.fis.org.nz ‘Breakout’ website for eligibility. Apply if appropriate. ?
b. Consider an Iwi application for funds if you are affiliated with one or more Iwi. ?
NOTE Most financial scholarships for particular are based on Year 12 results because Year 13 NCEA results are not available when decisions are made.
9. Use a template from www.careers,govt.nz to create your own CV and cover letter for skills required for a particular course or job. Have both proof-read. ?

10 . In your own time or during form class, examine job interview techniques by
a) reading good and bad transcripts (http://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/myinterview) ?
b) viewing some recommended video clips on the internet. (See Part C Interview Tips) ?

Part B Career Self-Assessment Tools - Self Directed Searches* (SDS)
A separate email will be sent to you with INSTRUCTIONS or refer to the “Careers Year 12” Career Voyage on intranet

All Year 12 students should complete the 30 minute Career Voyage SDS.
Career Voyage - a proven, valid and reliable assessment tool.
Why use a Careers Assessment tool such as Career Voyage?

      • increase the number of occupations being considered.
      • improved satisfaction and certainty about vocational plans.
      • match traits/characteristics/preferences with jobs

“If students can understand the theory behind the assessment tools then this will enhance their ability to determine their individual results of the SDS.”
(Note: It would not be recommended to rely on this tool alone for decision making. Career Voyage is Australian. Any job/tertiary training research should be done through NZ websites.
On completion of the 30 minutes questionnaire, several suggested job/results are listed. RESEARCH 2-5 JOBS TO FIND THE BEST QUALIFICATION/JOB FOR YOU.

Other tools you can also try are


This game from the University of Missouri will help you work out how your personality might fit in with specific work environments and careers.



  • www.myworldofwork.co.uk My World of Work (MyWOW) is a Scottish website which can help you to find a job you love and develop your career. There are tools to allow you to do a job search, find a course, build a CV, research. It has GREAT INTERVIEWS Quizzes and TIPS!

Part C Year 12/13 Leaver Information

  1. Join WSC Futures Group
  2. Check Intranet ( Student Support..Careers.. Year 13..)
  3. Talk to a careers counsellor (Ms Wallace or Ms Ruland) if required.

Initial Tertiary Visit to WSC in 2013
Information Visits 1.30 - 2.15 pm in Waiora unless stated otherwise
18 March Otago Uni
22 March Waikato Uni
15 April Auckland University in the HALL
Careers Expo at WSC 8th May 4-7 pm (parents and students)
20 May AUT Visit in HALL
27 May Victoria Uni Visit
10 June Unitec Visit
1st July Massey Uni Visit
The Auckland Careers Expo is from Thursday 6th June to Saturday 8 June from 10 am till 3pm (Late night Thursday from 5 pm and Saturday finishes at 4 pm)  ASB SHOWGROUNDS GREENLANE
Part D Preparation for Part-time Work
1. Job Interview Preparation
Click on http://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/myinterview for an interactive tool designed for you to trial answering interview questions.
More Interview tips
How do you answer “Tell me about yourself.”

2. CV and Cover Letter Preparation to match YOU TO the JOB

*Ask a parent or teacher to help you capitalise on your strengths in your CV. CV writing is an important task which can help focus your career goals too; very important to have your CV checked also. It is too easy for you to undersell yourself, especially when using templates.

This type of work generally requires a CV , a good telephone introduction and conversation and the right impression at the interview. Get expectations right, think about the work experience gained and money earned. School leavers need to be realistic about required tasks; don’t groan if you are asked to do dishes or sweep up,...etc. You employer could probably be a referee for your next job applications so always be punctual and respectful.

Still undecided? Try the online chat with Careers NZ at Chat online http://goo.gl/4NUZI
OR phone their hotline on 0800 222 733

Teens about Jobs Oct 2012 NZHerald

So much information available can be confusing so KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN but try to narrow down to a few choices.

Adopt a tentative Plan A first then Plan B.

Investigate funding your costs and other angles such as accommodation, demand for qualifications.


Remember its OK to change your mind and many people do! However, this can be more expensive and time consuming.

Initial decision making about where and what to study
There are many ways to learn and places to study at tertiary level so shop around....8 Unis, 20 polytechnics, 3 Wananga and 700 Private training Providers, 40 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). There are also changes in the apprenticeship scheme http://www.careers.govt.nz/education-and-training/workplace-training-and-apprenticeships/modern-apprenticeships or check out Unitec/MIT.

Confused between two or more choices?
Try this new comparison tool comparing levels/fields of study..
For comparing jobs http://www.careers.govt.nz/tools/compare-jobs/

What you are aiming for is a well-informed decision that is right for your circumstances. MAKE THE DECISION THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU NOW BASED ON RESEARCH AND YOUR SITUATION.

A copy of this booklet will be posted under “Student Support” “Careers” “Year 12” on the Intranet to make access to links easier for you.
Accessible to parents and students.