Career Services

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. These values are integrity, excellence, respect, courage, pride, commitment and humility.

Apart from Career Services, there are two other main functions that Student Services support. These are Gateway and Counselling.

Careers team members:

How can a Careers Counsellor help?
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 SATs and the like.

We 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.

40 Ways to Be Successful in School
Educational author Daniel Wong published a list of 40 ways to be successful in school. His main message was that grades aren't everything - they are only one part of your education, and that successful students and more disciplined and focused, having development winning habits. Click here to read the full list. 

Careers at Auckland Grammar School
Careers will be offered as an option subject for senior students (Form 5, Form 6 and Form 7) - please see the Pathways staff for details on eligibility.

Form 4 students will be complete a Careers unit designed to stimulate their research into career path design and support option choices going into Form 5. All Form 5 students will be seen in Term 3 to outline option choices and then invited to see a Careers counsellor after external examinations in Term 4.

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.

The 2020 Careers Evening for Form 5, 6 and 7 students will be held at St Cuthbert's College on Tuesday 9 June, beginning at 5:30pm.

Key Tertiary Dates
For senior students heading to university next year, there are a number of key dates you need to be aware of, including dates of completed applications for various universities around the country and accommodation. Click here to download the PDF document for more information.

Specialist University Courses
Auckland Grammar promotes courses and degrees through mainstream universities, as well as a number of specialist courses, through certain tertiary institutes. Click here for more details.

School Visits, Open Days and Information Evenings
There are a number of key dates for 2019 that senior students should put into their diaries, regarding open days and presentations by different universities both at Grammar and off-site. Click here for more information.

Teen Jobs
With the youth unemployment rate so high these days, many students take on part-time work, gaining benefits around responsibility, time management and work ethic. Students who are looking for part-time work should visit the Teen Jobs website - jobs are mainly based in and around the Tauranga area, but they are rapidly expanding.

Scholarships
Due to the sheer volume of scholarships available, students and their parents should read this summary carefully prior to commencing any application.

Please note that whilst Auckland Grammar School is aspirational, this must be balanced against the universities need to select excellence on a national scale. Students must compare their academic curriculum vitae against the scholarship criteria before asking the school to support any application.

Finances and Study
Students thinking about further study after they leave school have a lot of decisions to make. 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'll support yourself. How much money you may need to support yourself could surprise you.

Applying for your Student Allowance/Loan
StudyLink expects around 180,000 students to apply for their Student Allowance or Loan for the upcoming academic year - they need to get everything sorted so students receives their funding from the start of their course.

Students don't need to have their NCEA results or have locked down all their plans in order to apply. Their application can be updated as things are confirmed. It's more important to allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed.

Students can find out more about applying for a Student Allowance or Loan on the StudyLink website. Pop a reminder in your calendar, or go to the StudyLink website to apply now.

Once you have made the decision to study it's a good idea to sign up to receive emails from StudyLink. This way you won't miss out on important information, like when to apply and documents you need to send. We would encourage students and parents to check out the Studylink website for more information.

How students and their families can help
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.

Careers staff work on a Competency Approach with the student(s):

  1. Who am I? Then in conjunction with family, subject teachers and careers staff exploring how to get to the next step.
  2. Who do I want to become?

This model is taken from Careers NZ, Secondary Benchmarks.

Ensure that students are aware of closing dates for applications 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.

Self-Assessment Challenge - what is your career identity?
There are currently two options which are designed to help student frame up possible career pathways:

  • CareersQuest
  • A short personality test, which can be taken below

Dr John Holland, a top US Psychologist, developed the theory that people working in a particular occupation share similar personalities and interests. Holland classified these interests into six broad categories:

  1. Realistic
  2. Investigative
  3. Artistic
  4. Social
  5. Enterprising
  6. Conventional

Sometimes, different descriptors can be used (for example Outdoor and Practical, Scientific, Creative, Business, Office and People Contact).

Click here to download the adapted Holland tool. Students should read the descriptions at the bottom of the page carefully and highlight key words which describe them best. Once that's done, they need to rate themselves High, Medium or Low, on attraction to each area.

Now ask yourself, how well does this describe me? Number the three groups which you have rated highest.

These three groups make up the work themes of your self-assessed career identity. This tool can give you some more framework around exploring possible career choices for you. It is important to note that this self-assessment was a 'point in time' and can change or adapt as you widen and experience more learning. Adapted 2010 from Making Vocational Choices, Third Edition, 1997, Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.

A major challenge in this tool plus careers in general, is how to take into account the fast evolving workplace which is generating new career paths at an accelerated rate, for example, a job description for a 'Nanotechnology Application Specialist' role! It is important that all in the Auckland Grammar School community support students to understand how technology might impact on their career aspirations and what they can do to grasp or create new opportunities.

Click here for a YouTube video which helps further background this application of Holland's theory on career identity.

Form 4 Program
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. It is however, important to note that Term 3 gets very busy and students should where possible try and engage the Careers team with more general inquiries, earlier in the academic 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 e.g.: baking, travel, and engineering. 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.

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 SATs and the like.

We 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.