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Career Services

Welcome to the Student Services department. Our vision statement is to help students develop and excel to their potential in living the Grammar values at School and beyond.

Careers team members

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Update – September 2022

The last few weeks have seen the Student Services team supporting students with their option choices. It can be a time that causes anxiety within students, wondering about their future and trying to answer the question What am I going to do with my life?

Our team are here to support you and your sons with your decision making. Here are some resources available to you.

CareerQuest Survey

A useful tool available is CareerQuest, a job matching tool designed to provide career suggestions and promote career conversations – click here for more details.

Gateway

Applications for the Gateway programme are now open for 2023. This programme offers students valuable work experience, as they work through possible career options, and helps them transition from school to the workplace or tertiary study. As a result, they will be in a good position to make an informed decision as to whether this is a realistic and attractive future career direction for them or not.

Work experience placements and courses are on offer for all Form 6 and 7 students in a wide range of industries.

For more information, click here. Alternatively, you can contact Gateway Coordinator Karen Osborne on 09 623 5402 extn. 562 or email k.osborne@ags.school.nz. 

Career Highlight

Have you considered a course in Bachelor of Global Studies? Global Studies graduates will be competent global citizens who will combine language skills and related regional knowledge with research skills and practical knowledge to be well prepared for leadership positions in a broad range of fields including international organisations in the public and private sectors, foreign affairs and diplomacy, NGOs, non-profit and human services, international media, think tanks and research institutes, teaching and tourism – click here to read more.

SchoolTV

A reminder that the digital platform, SchoolTV, is available to all parents and students. A relevant topic within the SchoolTV database is focused on Exam Jitters, with helpful strategies to support your child.

Should you need to contact a member of the Student Services team, please email studentservices@ags.school.nz.

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The Careers staff can help with exploring interests, strengths and aspirations then helping a student match these to possible career options. This can be for short term goals (for instance, choosing an option in Form 5) or it can include prerequisites for a pathway towards an application to a university, hall of residence and where to access overseas assessment opportunities like the SATs.

We can help your son explore the networks they have, as well as help them find Career role models to aspire towards. Careers Counsellors can help with employment (both full and sometimes part-time positions), as well as trades training opportunities, student allowances and access to STAR and Pathways courses.

Book a careers appointment after having a look at some information first on websites, newspapers and in brochures available from Student Services. Each student must manage their own learning and application processes.

Ensure that you are aware of closing dates for applications and follow up appointments. The School is very keen to see every student placed in the tertiary and career path of their choice but are not responsible for ensuring application deadlines are reached.

Scholarships

The MoneyHub Scholarship page is a comprehensive list including scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list.

For students wishing to apply for scholarships to New Zealand universities, they can refer to either the individual University page by clicking on the links below or visit the Scholarship page under Careers on GrammarNet – these are updated on a regular basis.

Key contacts for various New Zealand universities

If you are interested in finding out more about studying at different universities across New Zealand, click here to download a PDF document with contact information for each of the universities. To find out the information needed for universities in New Zealand and around the world, click on the links below.

Finances and Study

The StudyLink website is a great place to visit to get you thinking about what it will cost to live and study. StudyLink can help you work out if study is right for you and how you can support yourself. StudyLink can also help you apply for your Student Allowance for the upcoming academic year.

You don’t need to have your NCEA results or have locked down all your plans in order to apply. It’s more important to allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed. 

Careers Studies at Auckland Grammar School

Careers Studies is offered as an option subject for senior students (those in Forms 5, 6 and 7) – please see the Pathways staff for details on eligibility.

The Careers department is open before school, interval, lunchtime and after school for inquiries. If you like to make a booking, email careers@ags.school.nz.

Careers Resources – we have a number of different websites that will help you in your career or tertiary study path:

  • CareersNZ, a great website for general planning and information
  • CareersQuest, found via the Careers website
  • Just The Job – information about tertiary studies and careers
  • MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment)
  • Information on universities, No Major Drama
  • Got A Trade for on-the-job training
  • ITF (Industry Training Federation)
  • If you are thinking about joining the Police or the Armed Forces, check out the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Defence Force websites for more details
  • Preparing for a job interview – click here for the list of the top 10 most typical interview questions and how to answer them

Students can think about working on their CV before assessments and exams come on the horizon. MoneyHub has some great guides to walk them through, step by step.

  1. Student CV Template
  2. Student Job Cover Letters
  3. Student Job Interview Practice Questions

Universities and polytechnics, government organisations, and industries have funding opportunities available for school-leavers. More information can be found at the Futureintech website.

If you choose to continue with tertiary study at an overseas university, click here – the ‘student’s road map to studying abroad’. Note: this website is purely around US-based universities.

Form 4 Programme

All Form 4 students will complete two careers seminars designed to initiate students to research options and build information around how option choices and career paths are linked in the short term, but also how lifestyle choices influence career pathways. All students are invited to take specific inquiries to Careers during interval and lunchtimes. Senior students can make an appointment with a Careers counsellor at any stage of the year.

Pathways provide valuable work experience and Unit Standard credits relevant to employment. Topics range from CVs to job interview skills and site safety.

STAR Courses are government-funded short courses available to senior students that give a taste of a future career. Students can gain credits towards their NCEA qualifications.

Gateway offers work placements to broaden the range of job options and students can gain credits towards a NCEA qualification.

Gateway can help your son explore the networks they have, as well as help them find Career role models to aspire towards, then take concrete steps to step up. Careers Counsellors can help with employment (both full and sometimes part-time positions), as well as trades training opportunities, student allowances and access to star and Pathways courses.