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How to Investigate Possible Jobs/ Areas of Work based on Student Interest www.careers.govt.nz                                                                                    This is great website.  But it is only a start.

Students register and login with their own username and password (this is not affiliated to school website)

This programme by NZ Careers Services  is called “Career Quest” and has just been updated.

  1. Click on “Interactive tools”
  2. Click on “Career Quest”
  3. Enter “My Career Space” use login

Hint-Answer the 78 questions about your  interests – for better results it is best to try to give fairly extreme answers e.g. ‘don’t like’ rather than’ neutral’.  You can repeat it when you are feeling differently.

  1. The Career Quest programme spits out a list

Ideally, you could discuss these questions below with a trusted person (parent, career counsellor, teacher)  to help your decision-making and the list of suggested jobs…..

  • “Why do you want to work in the first place? (besides earning a living)?”
  • “How will you build meaning into your work/training?”
  • “How will your training/work relate to your non-work priorities?”
  • “What things are most important to you and how can your choices support these, if at all?”
  • “How do you respond to the suggested jobs?” 
  • “If you do not like these jobs, then are there any types of work you would like to find out more about?” 
  • “Do these have any similarity to those on the list?”
  • “Why is having a Gap Year important to you and how are you going to make it positive for you?”  
  • “What subjects did you decide and how would you decide differently if you repeated last year?”
  • “What if you have taken all the wrong subjects for these jobs?”

If you have time, then go into the Career Quest Computer programme a second time.  Answer the questions again slowly and more thoughtfully this time.  

  • “What is it I would like about that area of work (…how important is it for you to work outdoors, for example?  ie more depth to questions?) 
  • “Am I just making the choices because I already know what I want to do?”
  • “Why do I think the programme may have suggested these jobs to me?” 
  • “How can I find out more about myself?” 
  • “What really drives me?”  and “ If I do not know what motivates me, how will I find out?”  
  • “How important are values to me?”
  • “How important is pay to me?”
  • “What is stopping me doing what I want to do?”
  • “How will I resolve not doing what I really want to do? (if that is not possible)”

To follow up from your job list and answers to your own questions,  you can

  • research the careers website further on “Get Job Info” which gives up to date information on entry requirements, job outlook, real life stories about people who do this job, pay, related jobs, job vacancies …. For just about any sort of job you can imagine.
  • talk talk talk talk talk (and listen listen listen listen) to their parents, friends, subject teachers, deans, anyone their parents know who does that job.  Experts say talk to eight people who do that job before deciding because it is easy to be influenced by a person’s personality, for example).  Avoid stereotypes in jobs; some accountants do a lot of relationship building with clients (people work).
  • Look up current job vacancies Seek or NZ Herald website.  Research more about other  jobs on the website (see sheet below)
  • Talk to a careers counselor                         

Possible Career Choices for Me

Steps I could take to Investigate this Career






































Finished?    Well done, you are a step further down the track of managing your own careers decisions (even though this may have left you a little perplexed).  Remember that you may have to complete this process several times in your life, depending on what is happening in your life, your family responsibilities, your health, age, financial status.

Take in more about all of this information in as you go about your daily life.  Talk to as many people as you can…

If this is causing distress then you can come in with or without your parents to discuss other issues.  If you are considering the advantages and disadvantages of taking a “Gap” type of year then you could benefit from talking to a careers counsellor, Margaret Ruland or Kay Wallace via the Waiora Office. 

 Please text or call the WSC Careers line 0226773284 to arrange a time.

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