Careers Education

Career Pathways (info for students)

Figuring out what to study to enter the career you want can be overwhelming. For certain careers, the subjects you take at high school will determine whether you have the correct pre-qualifications to enter relevant tertiary training.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment created a vocational pathway app called Occupation Outlook that groups similar themed jobs by vocational pathway.

The mobile app is compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets and can be downloaded from either the Google Play Store or Apple’s iTunes. 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, what the average income is, and the prospects of getting a job in that occupation once you have completed the qualifications required.

The same information is also available from the MBIE website. Alternatively, visit Careers New Zealand for more useful advice.

Career Guidance (info for parents)

Our careers information and guidance programme is organised to meet the needs of our students. Activities are aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the career options open to them, and motivating and focusing students to think about their options for the future.

We offer a range of curriculum options and co-curricular activities that give students the opportunity to develop their personal skills and interests. We provide a range of career guidance, as well, to meet the different needs of our students, including:

  • Information about subject options and guidance and help aligning these with career pathways
  • School staff available for students to discuss their choices and aspirations (in consultation with their parents/caregivers)
  • Individual guidance through feedback on assessments, home learning, and course work
  • Maintaining networks with tertiary providers, training institutions, employers, and other agencies, to allow us to offer students opportunities for further learning, work experience, and life skills.

Careers Education Events 2018


May 10 – 11       Year 13 Careers trip to Christchurch

May 15              University of Otago Liaison visit to WHS

June 22            West Coast Pathways Expo at the Boys Brigade Hall 9am – 12 noon

Soroptimist International of Westland Panel “Education – your passport to a better life – Years 11-13 girls

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