Useful Links

Resources for Exploring Different Occupations & Careers

Careers NZ is one of the most useful websites for anyone exploring potential career options.  Here you can find information on over 400 different roles/jobs/vocations, including what the work involves, key skills and aptitudes, earning potential, availability of work, training & qualification requirements with links to different training providers, entry requirements, and so on.  There are also lots of useful tools for getting career ideas, creating your CV, tips on finding work, etc. Try the CareerQuest quiz which takes ~15mins.

StudySpy is a free course comparison tool and scholarship index that helps Aotearoa’s young adults make one of the most important decisions of their lives. – is a new resource for Kiwis navigating the workforce It’s hard to navigate the future workforce, so is here to help students. With over 100 short videos, students can gain insights into different job types, and the skills needed to get into exciting roles.   Check out

Occupation Outlook 2017 is an app and website tool launched by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment that uses the latest information available to forecast the employment prospects, cost of training and salaries payable by occupation and sector. It also gives statistics on the number of graduates each year in particular programmes.

No Major Drama – The smart way to learn about NZ university majors!

Just the Job – NZ’s career seekers inspirational videos website has nearly 300 career videos arranged under their vocational pathway headings.

School Connect is another useful resource for students. You can search for study options and careers and take a short 5min quiz to help you see career pathways suited to your interests and personality.

Will a Robot Take Your Job? – there are now a range of tools available to help us navigate the impacts of new technology on the labour market, such as AI and automation.  This BBC website is one such tool which calculates the likelihood of a particular job/role/vocation/profession becoming automated or continuing into the foreseeable future.  Another similar calculator created with US statistics is

Here is a list of links for the various Health, PE & Sport degree options in NZ.


StudyLink helps students make informed decisions about their tertiary student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online.  This is where you can find out about and apply for Student Loans and Student Allowances.  In order to register, you will need certain information and documentation, such as your IRD number, bank account details and parents’ income details and evidence (for Student Allowance applications).

Volunteering Canterbury is the Canterbury branch of Volunteering NZ –a registered charity that helps promote and coordinate volunteer work.  Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience and build skills, enabling people of all ages to be productive, contributing members of society.  SMC includes a service component in its Year 12 and 13 programmes, to assist students in developing a service ethos and, at the same time, developing their experience and skills for their CVs.  Check out their website to find out about volunteering opportunities available.

USA Sport Connect : Helping Kiwis Get Sport Scholarships in the USA  Jess Pullar has helped a number of our SMC students gain sports scholarships in USA universities. Those who have worked with Jess, speak highly of her and find her valuable as an agent.

Resources for CVs & Interviews

CV and Cover Letter tips and templates

My Resume Tips A resource that gives some useful advice about how to make your resume stand out from the crowd. There are also example profile statements and word bank lists  (of qualities, characteristics, etc) that are helpful when writing your CV.

STAR Interview Method – how to prepare for job interviews

Job Interview Checklist – Never go without these 10 essential things

The Ultimate Guide to Completing a Job Application Form

University Interview Guide

YouthHub is like the LinkedIn for young people.  The site enables young people to build an online profile and CV which they can enhance at any time with information, photos and videos. They can also record their activities and skills, seek references, learn about new opportunities and apply for training or jobs. Read an article about YouthHub in School News here, including how it has been endorsed by the Ministry of Social Development.

Personalised Career Coaching Services:

Swivel Careers   Unsure what to do with your life after leaving school and still trying to discover your passion? Interested in an in-depth, personalised, career coaching programme?  Find out what the Swivel programme involves and how it can help you discover your purpose and embark on the best career pathway for you.

Zest People is another such company offering personalised career counselling service, run by two Christchurch-based ladies, Michelle Staples and Jude Mackwell.

Universities and Popular Tertiary Institutions:

Auckland University of Technology (AUT):   AUT’s Future Career Sheets

Ara Institute of Canterbury (previously CPIT):

Lincoln University: Recommended School Subjects

Massey University:

Otago Polytechnic:

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT):

University of Auckland:  Subject Guide for School Students

University of Canterbury: Page for High School Students What subjects should I take at school? 

What Can I do with a Degree from UC (great series of career info brochures)

University of Otago:   Required and Recommended School Subjects

Victoria University of Wellington:  Planning Ahead: School Subjects  Career View booklets   Victoria Degree Sheets

Other providers in Christchurch include:

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT),   Avonmore,  NZ School of Tourism, NZ Institute of Sport ,  Mainz Music,  National Trade Academy,  Yoobee,  NZ Tertiary CollegeLearning People (career-ready IT training)