Career planning follows a series of stages outlined in this diagram
All students at Westlake Boys High School have access to the Career Central platform. This can be downloaded as an app on your phone or https://careercentral.school.nz/
This can be a good place to start for students with the added bonus of having a CV building tool!
Doing the Careerquest quiz on the www.careers.govt.nz is also a useful starting point. You may have done it in the past (maybe Year 10) but things change so it is always a good idea to go back and revisit it – especially if you are in Year 12 or 13 and have no idea about what you want to do when you leave school.
General Career Sites
- Careers NZ – for lots of good resources and links
- Careers NZ – Facebook page
- Jobs Made Real
- Just the job – videos on over 300 different careers
- School leavers toolkit – lots of resources for preparing you for life after school
- Seek – Career advice
You can start working on developing your self awareness by working through “Step 2” on the Careers Central program. Doing this will help you to identify your skills and subject strengths, personality qualities, interests and career values. It also has a useful space where you can start recording your activities outside the classroom (cultural/community, sport, leadership, awards and qualifications) as well as any work experience. The advantage of using Career Central for this is that it records this information to download on a CV template.
Other sites that may be useful:
- Who am I and what am I good at?
- What are my skills?
- 16 Personalities – Myers Briggs Personality test
- Via Character personality test
Ideas and tools to explore your options
You can start looking at career options in more detail under “step 3 – jobs” on Career Central. You can search by jobs title, industry and vocational pathway. This is very useful if you know the area you want to work in (for example Health or Construction) but want further ideas about the opportunities in these fields. You can add jobs to your job bank for future reference.
- How to get ideas for your career
- Find out about study and training options
- School subject career matcher
- What can I do with my degree?
- Careers for Arts graduates
Tips on making good career decisions and taking action.
Labour Market Information
This information can be very useful in indicating job prospects, pay rates and skill shortages.