Preparing for a life outside of school

The ultimate aim of career education and guidance is to equip students to develop their careers throughout their lives. People continue to learn to do this long after they leave school, but what they learn at school is a crucial start. At school students need to learn to make considered decisions and act accordingly. They need to learn how to become resilient career managers.

Recent international research and practice have identified a set of career management competencies that provide a framework for designing career education and guidance programmes in schools. Each competency involves a set of understandings, skills and attitudes required to successfully manage life, learning and work. I would encourage you to talk to your children about these at home. These competencies are grouped into 4 areas as follows:

  • Developing self-awareness – competencies that enable young people to understand themselves and their influences on them.
  • Exploring opportunities – competencies that enable young people to investigate opportunities in learning and work.
  • Deciding and acting – competencies that enable young people to make and adjust their plans, to manage change and transition, and take appropriate action.
  • Transitions – competencies that enable young people to transition smoothly too, through and from secondary school to further education or employment.

At Waihi College, we provide career education programmes across the whole school – from Year 7-13. The programmes are age-specific.

  • At Years 7 & 8 the focus is on students exploring their personal skills, interests and attributes and beginning to link these to an early sense of “career”. They also begin to prepare for the big transition to Year 9.
  • The focus at Years 9 & 10 is to continue exploring personal skills and interests and also to begin to develop skills in locating, understanding and using career information. They also begin to prepare for the big transition to senior school and NCEA.
  • Students in Years 11-13 start to develop skills in choosing subjects that will support their career options as well as gaining knowledge of the qualifications, skills and attitude requirements of specific career options. Some students will learn this “on the job” through Gateway placements and trades academies. In addition to this Year 12s and 13s begin to utilise support networks for the transition into further education, training or work.

Career Links

Careers NZ - Careers NZ

Competenz - Trades/apprenticeships information

BCITO - Building and Construction trades

NZ IRH - Careers in Health/Medicine

Tertiary Education Training - General information about Tertiary education in NZ - Job search database

Universities in NZ - Information about NZ’s eight universities

Pathways Facebook - Waihi College Careers and Future Pathways Facebook page 

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