Rotorua | New Zealand


Our Careers Department staff:

Careers & Transition Coordinator Sheryl Hewitson –

Junior School Careers Advisor Sherry Brewer –

Careers P.A / Trades Academy Jan Thompson –

Gateway Rachael Hindrup –







At John Paul College we have a dedicated Career Education department and place great importance on each and every student having access to quality academic and career counselling, providing our students with Career Education, Gateway experiences and Trade Academy Programmes. Our well-resourced Career Education Department is located within the Administration Block, next to the R E Centre. Our Careers Department begins to engage with students at Year 7 level. This is done in order to ensure an on-going relationship throughout students’ school years.

In the senior school we offer the following specialised programmes:

  • Gateway Programme
  • Bay of Plenty Trade Academy (for Years 11-13)
  • Star Courses which include Adventure Based Learning (ABL), Hospitality, Early Childhood Education, Tourism and Careers classes for seniors.

Students who intend to go on to University or other training including apprenticeships, are provided with support to complete their applications to study, and information and support for Halls of Residence and Scholarships.

We work closely with senior Deans and the Pastoral team to ensure students are fully prepared for future pathways when they leave school.

Throughout the year the Careers Department Team organise visits to Tertiary Open Days, Careers Days, Careers Expo, and off-site visits to various industry providers.

A large amount of Careers Information enters the school; this can be viewed in the Library, Common Room, Careers Department, Daily Notices, and in the weekly Newsletter. Students also have access to a closed Facebook group where careers news is shared. It is especially important for students to pay attention during Term 3 as accommodation, scholarships and enrolment information comes out.

Please visit the Careers Department if you are unsure, or require assistance.


Upcoming Events




Many scholarships will be advertised in either the daily notices or newsletter, and on the JPC Facebook groups.
Make sure you have: a record of academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and community services that you have done over the last two years.

Personal Statements:

Start writing your personal statements, which need to be approx.. 500 words. We are happy to help you with these, and proof read. You can email a draft to Mrs Hewitson:

Passport Photos:

Have these taken now ready to go with your enrolment, and application forms.

Filling Out Application Forms:

Remember to photocopy/scan completed application forms BEFORE you send them in. These forms take a lot of time to complete, and sometimes they get lost. Remember to place applications that require references from your Dean or Principal in as early as possible.

Birth Certificate and/or Passport:

It is a good idea to photocopy these documents and have them verified either by a JP or at the District Court. We have a JP who comes into School, so if you bring your originals to the Careers Office we can do this for you.

Latest Jobs

If you are a career seeker or serious job hunter then Just the Job is the one-stop website for you! There are over 300 career videos arranged under their vocational pathway headings.  Just click on the drop down headings and see what’s there.  Watch the video and if you like what you see, apply for a job!

A list of New Zealand job vacancy and recruitment agency websites:

NZ Dairy School Leaver Opportunities:


Leaving school soon? Good at making things and solving problems? Employers seek these attributes when they looking to hire an apprentice:

  • Practical, hands-on skills
  • NCEA Level 2 in Maths and English
  • Willing to learn on the job
  • Hold a current Full or Restricted NZ Driver Licence

Find out more about workplace training under the apprenticeship scheme. including current vacancies. ITOs (Industry Training Organisations) can employ you directly and organise employer placements. Check out:

  • ATT: plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying and electrical
  • Masterlink: plumbing, gasfitting, drainlaying, and roofing
  • ETCO: electrical
  • ATNZ: fabrication and maintenance engineers, fire protection and locksmithing

A list of further ITOs can be found here:

For further information on trades including tips and success stories visit


Careers NZ

There are some really good websites with information about careers. One of them is Look here for tools and quizzes and career planning:

Use the careernz tools to get career ideas, explore study options and make your CV. To get the best experience, use these tools on a desktop or laptop computer.

Don’t know what jobs are out there? CareerQuest is a fun and easy way to explore job ideas.

  • CareerQuest takes just 15 minutes.
  • Complete the 78 question photo quiz carefully crafted by careernz experts.
  • CareerQuest suggests job ideas matched to your interests.

Get help making subject choices!

See how the subjects you choose to study can influence your future job options

  • Get job ideas based on the subjects you enjoy or are interested in
  • See how your subjects apply to a range of jobs
  • Choose different qualifications levels for each subject to find out how further study affects the jobs you can get.

Also all the Universities and Institutes of Technology have websites – check these out.

Tips and information for parents regarding future career choices:

Kia Ora Hauora

This initiative supports  Māori into the Health Sector. Kia Ora Hauora provides increased opportunities for Māori to see the ‘health sector in action’ through mentoring and local events. This includes open days, hospital visits, science days, wānanga, café, workshops and tertiary events. Please register now via their homepage to keep updated.


Lattitude is an international Gap Year organisation, supporting 17-25 year olds on supported and structured overseas work experience placements since 1972. Now offering a choice of 14 destination countries, and a wide range of roles within each, we have something for everybody!
We still have vacancies available for 2019! Many of our countries do reach capacity each year, so get in quick to avoid disappointment! No experience necessary, all training, support, food and accommodation included – join our family of 46,000 “gappers” and get out into the world!

Another useful careers resource for students and caregivers to check out. This site features careers articles, and a sign-up page for student career news. Visit

Defence Careers

Learn more about what it takes to join the NZ Army, Navy or Airforce at
Here you can explore upcoming intakes, the jobs database, and the application process including eligibility requirements.

Tertiary Institutions

For an up-to-date view of New Zealand’s eight Universities and what study options they provide click here

The New Zealand University Guide

The New Zealand University Guide is a must read for any New Zealand secondary school student looking to study at a New Zealand university in the near future. It provides a comprehensive overview of each university in New Zealand and a clear pathway for individuals to be able to choose a compatible subject, find the right programme and apply to the most suitable university. Download the free eBook.

Careers In Technology, Engineering And/Or Science

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in careers in technology, engineering and/or science please read this information produced by Futureintech. Funded by NZ Trade and Enterprise, Futureintech is an initiative of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ). Futureintech is a practical attempt to increase the number of young New Zealanders choosing careers in technology, engineering and science – crucial sectors for the infrastructure and social and economic growth of the country. For more information visit the Futureintech website. Also, check out these information sheets for Digital, Engineering and Science roles.


Fees-free is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Students can check if they can get fees-free study at Students who are New Zealanders and will finish school in 2018, may qualify for a year of fees-free tertiary study or two years of industry training in 2019. Find out more about the eligibility for fees-free.

How to check if a student can get fees-free study
Students can go to and enter their National Student Number (NSN) to check. The majority of secondary school students should receive a ‘yes – you are eligible’ response.
If a student receives a ‘we are not sure’ response, they may need to provide further information to TEC. The frees-free website will let them know what they need to do.

How does a student apply for fees-free?
Students don’t need to apply for fees-free. Once the student has enrolled, TEC will check the student’s details and if eligible, will pay the fees directly to the tertiary education provider or industry training organisation. They can pay up to a maximum of $12,000 incl GST per year.

Does a student still need to apply to StudyLink?
If a student only needs their fees paid they won’t need to apply for a Student Loan unless their fees are over $12,000.
If a student wants to apply for a Student Allowance or the living and course-related costs parts of a Student Loan they’ll still need to apply to StudyLink. If you’ve got any further questions you can check out the fees-free website or call the fees-free helpline on 0800 687 775.

Year 13 students – sign up for information Go in the draw for 1 of 5 $50 book vouchers

In term three we’ll be starting a six-week email series to students, who have signed up to receive our emails. In the series we’ll talk about the costs of study, budgeting, how allowances and loans work and what they need to know about fees-free study. All Year13 students who sign up before 13 August will go into the draw to win 1 of 5 $50 book vouchers – which could be helpful for next year’s text books.

There’s a sign up link on the StudyLink homepage.

For Student Allowances and/or Student Loans. Apply by mid December on
Create login and you can return, check and update your information.

Step-By-Step Guide To Choosing School Subjects

If you’re unsure about which subjects to choose for next year try this step-by-step guide to help in the selection process. Click here to use the guide.

Unsure About Which Degree To Study?

A new website is available for students unsure about which degree to choose. No Major Drama is a tool for users to create personalised rankings of majors available for Bachelor (under-graduate) degrees in New Zealand.

Your ranking of majors is based on your own personal selection criteria related to your skills and interests and your own personal weights on the criteria. Go to the No Major Drama website and create your own personal ranking.

Just the Job website

If you are a career seeker or serious job hunter then is the one-stop website for you! There are over 300 career videos arranged under their vocational pathway headings.  Just click on the drop down headings and see what’s there.  Watch the video and if you like what you see, apply for a job!


The Gateway programme is designed for students who display a clear direction toward a specific career path. Students gain work experience, workplace training, and unit standard achievements which are related to industry.

Each Gateway placement is a formal arrangement between a school, a student and an employer for a student to spend time learning in an employer’s workplace. Students who are chosen for the programme need to be committed to it. The opportunities on offer are enormous; coming onto the Gateway Programme allows each student to be mentored by an employer in their chosen work placement, whilst gaining both valuable experience and credits along the way. A Health & Safety programme worth approximately 15 credits is also available. Mindful of the increased importance employers and the government are placing on Health & Safety in the workplace, this two day course is highly regarded by all employers, whether for full-time or casual part-time work situations. Any student wishing to enter Nursing or Teaching is strongly advised to have some Gateway experience as the interviewing panel will ask questions about previous work in the field.

Each student is required to gain an average of 20 credits throughout their placement. Whenever possible unit standards will be designed around each individual student and their specific place of work, and will also contribute towards their NCEA achievements. Students are also required to achieve NCEA requirements within school. If students are to move onto apprenticeships, Institute of Technologies and university NCEA requirements need to be kept up to date. View some of our 2018 Gateway students.

As part of your enrolment onto the Gateway Programme it is recommended that students create a CV which will aide them with finding an employer placement out. Careers staff are available to proof read, so email it through once it is completed. Templates for CVs and Cover Letters can be found here.

Benefits for Employers Benefits for Students
Enhance recruitment and selection pool Reality check
Strengthening of links with local school Apply and gain skills
Opportunity to contribute to the future base of their industry Gain insights into working life
Building up skill base in industry Help to set clear career and life goals
Opportunity to be involved in making

education more relevant to industry needs

Try out potential careers
Allows you to see if the student has the right attitude and skills to be employed Provides structured workplace learning that can lead to nationally recognised qualifications
Strengthening links with industry training Helps prepare for future employment and being more independent
Makes school meaningful
Builds links with workplaces and gives you the opportunity to prove yourself, and gain experience
Develop soft skills, which are related to personal attributes, behaviours and attitude.


Please contact Rachael Hindrup on extn 8815, mobile 0204 160 9177 or email for further information about the Gateway Programme, or if you are an employer who can offer a work experience placement to our students, especially in the Trade sector.