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.


Principal’s Reference Form

Upcoming Events



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.

***1 August – Halls of Residence applications open at the Universities. 
School Leaver Scholarships are now open too. Check each scholarship for closing date*** 

Have you heard about the Bachelor of Leadership for Change, Otago Polytechnic’s ground-breaking degree-level programme?


The innovative, New Zealand-first qualification is aimed at those driven by a desire to create positive change for industry, community or the planet. In short, the Bachelor of Leadership for Change is for big thinkers and “doers”.“Seeing a degree that has ‘Leadership’ and ‘Change’ – both very powerful words – in its title attracted me,” says student Ashley King, who enrolled in the degree earlier this year.
Ashley wants to set up her own social enterprise to empower and inspire youth in a range of ways, including employment and education.“The Bachelor of Leadership for Change is enabling me to help youth embrace their unique individuality. Because when we accept ourselves and listen to one another, we can truly accomplish great things.”Read more about our Bachelor of Leadership for Change Look out for the Leadership for Change team coming to your area later in the year to run a Change Jam. This one-day experience will activate you to take on some of the problems that face the world today and provide opportunities for the future. The day features talks from inspirational change-makers, a workshop to zoom in on the big issues that matter, and a range of tools and exercises to get you ready to take your own action.Contact Ray O’Brien for further details:

Major in Law with a Bachelor of Arts

From 2019 Waikato University students will be able to enrol in a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Law. This new major is designed to meet an increasing demand for professionals with legal understanding, experience and knowledge in varied career fields, and will be the first of its kind in New Zealand.

This new major in Law recognises the importance of interdisciplinary study in seeking innovative solutions to societal, community, business or individual problems that have a legal dimension.

The degree will provide graduates with the core competencies and skills required for law-related work in specialist areas of interest such as Environmental Planning, Political Science, Public Policy, Psychology, Sociology and Māori Cultural Studies/Tikanga Māori.

Students will receive training in critical skills that are transferable and marketable across many professions – with graduates that are well equipped for direct employment into careers where sound legal expertise is an advantage, this is a non-practising qualification designed to meet the growing demand for graduates that who do want to enter the traditional law field.

For more information contact Gina Roberts

WiE CAN – Women in Engineering Residential Programme!

About WiE CAN
Date: 21-24 January 2019
Location: UC College of Engineering, Christchurch
Eligibility: Open to female students completing Year 12 in 2018 at a New Zealand high school.

Rimbrook Study Centre

Rimbrook Study Centre which is a potential option for young women interested in studying in Hamilton. Applications to live at Rimbrook are now open until 31 September. 

What is Rimbrook?

Rimbrook is a university residence in Hamilton for female undergraduate students. Based on a Christian ethos, the residence provides quality accommodation that supports academic excellence, character development and spiritual growth.

Why stay at Rimbrook?

Rimbrook provides:

  • A full female residence
  • A supportive study environment
  • Opportunities to make a positive contribution to society
  • A more affordable option than the university halls

Need more info? Head to

Otago University

Applications for Hands-On at Otago 13-18 January 2019 are now open!
Hands-On at Otago is a programme for Year 12 or 13 students in 2019 that showcases our sciences, health sciences, humanities, and business study options. Students experience and participate in research projects in a range of subjects, including an exciting social and recreational programme.

The cost is $675 for the entire programme, as well as transport to and from Dunedin Airport or bus terminals. There are many scholarships available, and students can look for funding from local service clubs (Lions, Rotary) or school Boards of Trustees. Other sponsorship, awards and scholarships to assist students financially can be found here: Students can apply online for Hands-On at Otago here:

Waikato University

Last “Law Student for a Day” event for the year will take place on Wednesday, 26 September.
When you are at school, it is hard to decide if studying law is for you.
We would like to show you what studying law at Waikato would be like. Visit the University of Waikato Hamilton campus and experience life as a Waikato Law student.The programme of the day will include

  • Attendance at a university lecture.
  • Visiting the Law library and being a juror on a case in history.
  • Watching law students perform a Law Moot or cross examination
  • Having lunch at our Halls of residence and checking out student accommodation.
  • Meeting some current law students and teaching staff.

The day starts at 10am and finish by 2:30pm, students will have to make their own way. If you are thinking of studying law at Waikato come along and see what it is all about. Register here:

Air NZ Aviation Institute 

Offer a 36 week NZ Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Pre-employment Skills) L3 pre-apprenticeship programme for those wishing to pursue a career as an aircraft maintenance engineer. Placement tests are now open for registration to the programme commencing early 2019. Placement tests include English, Maths & Physics as well as an interview. Register here

Powering Potential hosted by Royal Society of New Zealand

Year 12 & 13 students taking Sciences are encouraged to apply for Powering Potential. This unique opportunity will see New Zealand’s most promising young students come together to seek answers to some of the world’s biggest problems, supported and guided by mentors and world-class science leaders.

The 2018 event will be held from 10 – 13 December. Participants may choose to arrive earlier or stay later but any extra accommodation, however costs over and above of what would normally be provided would need to be paid by the student.

  • Students will work in teams of five and research a science issue submitted by a scientist.
  • The team will be mentored by the scientist who submitted the question.
  • Powering Potential is not a holiday and teams will work very hard during the three days.
  • Social activities are planned for the evening.
  • All costs including travel, accommodation, food and activities are covered by the event.

Powering Potential is for you if:

  • You study at least two science subjects and plan on studying science at a tertiary level.
  • You are gaining merits or excellences in your studies.
  • You enjoy thinking outside the square and are able to problem solve.
  • You can work as part of a team.
  • You are a good listener and communicator
  • You enjoy researching a science topic.
  • You enjoy meeting like-minded students.
  • You like to be challenged.

Find out more and apply here


WSP Opus Have Civil Engineering and Surveying Cadetship roles available next year for school leavers. Suitable for those who have achieved NCEA Level 2, with a strong ability in Maths and Science. This is an opportunity to gain a qualification whilst gaining practical experience working in the industry. Closes 23 September. Apply here

Fulton Hogan Site Visit day – Friday 26th October 2018 morning 

If you are a Year 12 or 13 student interested in gaining an understanding of what a career in the civil construction industry looks like, i.e the pathways and opportunities available, this day is for you.

Attendees will also get to visit a Fulton Hogan construction site, meet our crews, and see what it takes to have a successful career in our industry. Register now with Career Department.

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Curriculum vitae

Seniors are encouraged to complete a CV. The following template is available for downloading and editing. Work-focused-CV-template

Exam Preparation

For Parents and Students here is a link to useful resources on study and exam techniques from the Ministry of Education’s Te Kete Ipurangi website, including past exam papers, and tips on how study and remember what you’ve learnt.

Skills Employers Are Looking For

YUDU is a new Careers platform for industry news, job searches, personality tests, company profiles and job sector information. Another useful careers resource for students and parents to check out.

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


Kia Ora Hauora is a national Māori workforce programme that aim’s to encourage and support more Māori into health careers. The programme offers scholarship information and workshops, support to conferences, online science support for years 12 and 13. Once completed the degree studies, support will be offered around CV writing and mock interviews in preparation for applying for full time employment within a hospital setting or in the community. Ensure you are registered on our website

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 including 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.

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!