Beyond the School Gates

At Sacred Heart we believe in a progressive career pathway education. In Years 10-11 we develop thinking in this space, with increased resources and support for Year 12-13 students.

In Years 10 and 11, students begin their career decision-making education during AKO, supported by their CCM companion and a variety of resources. The aim is to help them explore the world of work and develop their self-awareness around their capabilities and interests.

In Years 12 and 13, the focus changes to deciding and acting on what their next steps will be, including transitioning beyond the school gates. There are a number of opportunities available to help students make informed choices to aid in their decision-making.

Year 13 students receive more specific and individualised guidance to help them with the transition out of school. This includes career counselling, a range of speakers, the opportunity to attend open days and expos and access to advisors from a number of tertiary institutions.

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Career Central

Career Central is the online platform we use to support students to plan, develop and manage their career pathways during their school years. It also provides useful tools such as a CV builder, job information, and modules to learn about skills, career values etc.

STAR courses

Year 12 and 13 students have the opportunity to apply to attend one-day taster courses in a range of areas of study through tertiary institutions such as Wintec and NZ School of Tourism. This will be advertised during Term 1, but there will be further opportunities during the year if students have a specific area of interest.

In certain subjects such as Tourism, Child Development, DVC, and the Arts subjects, Senior classes will also have the chance to attend courses.

Waikato Trades Academy (WTA)

WTA offers some Year 12 and 13 students the chance to attend the Trades Academy at Wintec for one day a week for the whole year, alongside their school studies. The aim is for them to gain experience in practical, hands-on industry-based areas such as Hair and Beauty, Construction and Infrastructure, Social and Community Services, Exercise Science etc.

Numbers are restricted, so students are asked in Year 11 to express their interest in being involved. Criteria to be able to take part include a good attendance record and good time management to cope with the combined programme and being out of school one day a week.

NZ Career Expo

We encourage all students to attend the NZ Career Expo held annually at the Claudelands Events Centre in June. This is a great opportunity for students to speak with a wide range of tertiary and private training institutions, as well as local businesses and industries, find out about study, on-the-job training etc.

Further information:


University of Waikato

University of Auckland


Massey University 

Victoria University of Wellington

University of Canterbury

University of Otago

Wintec Te Pukenga

Toi Ohomai Te Pukenga

NZ School of Tourism 
Vision College
NZ Defence Force

Careers Counselling
Students can make appointments at any time to see Miss Cotton, Careers Advisor, by emailing: