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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

MyMahi is a digital platform that has been developed specifically for students so that they can better discover, develop and manage their future pathways. At JPC students begin using ‘My Mahi’ from Year 9 during Career Education Sessions. MyMahi involves:

  • Web & mobile apps for students to help them to develop and manage their pathways – learning, career, and personal well-being
  • Web applications to help tertiary organisations and employers to more effectively direct information and opportunities to students
  • Web tools to help schools provide tailored mentoring programmes for their students

The ‘My Mahi’ web & mobile app features include:

  • Reflections & goal setting tools
  • NCEA results feed (directly from NZQA)
  • Careers information feed
  • Pathway Planner
  • CV Builder
  • Work Ready Portfolio
  • Tertiary & Employer News Feed

We encourage students to create a log in if they haven’t already (chose Learners from the three options) and have a good look around the platform. Log in with your school email address and you will have access to your timetable, assessment results, and the school daily notices.

Give it a Go Day – John Paul College

On Thursday 26th November the Careers team at John Paul College hosted a careers session for 160 Year 9 students. Employers and facilitators from the local community ran a series of half an hour workshops, with 13 different workshops running concurrently. Over the course of the session students each attended 3 workshops, taking part in fun, interactive and tactile activities. The event sought to engage and inspire young people by show-casing the different pathways for Rangatahi. Sessions like this allow students to build an understanding about their interests, values and strengths which will motivate and influence their life, learning and future work choices.  

Thank you to the following Employers/Providers who were represented on the day: Toi Ohomai, Service Skills Centre, Active VMA Engineering Solutions, John Paul College, Etco, Kia Ora Hauora, NZ Police, Dubzz Digital Marketing, Putake Nui and OneChance NZ.

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 Careers Hub – Rapuara Poka Pū is now located in the School Quad. 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.


If you’re studying in 2021, 16 December is a very important date. It’s one you just can’t miss.

Around 150,000 students will need to get organised for study in 2020. Apply for your student allowance or loan before 16 December to give yourself the best chance of having everything sorted and ready for the start of your course.

If you’ve had a student allowance or loan in the last 12 months, login to MyStudyLink and use the Returning Application to apply. It’ll take less than five minutes. 

The life you change might be your own

More than 80% of New Zealanders believe people working in health, wellbeing, social and community support roles are important to society, but less than half would recommend it to family as a career. The reality is that there are hugely rewarding and diverse career opportunities available.

Inspiring the Future role model Karen, an occupational therapist, shows students how she uses a skateboard in her therapy work.

Inspiring the Future launches to schools

Inspiring the Future aims to broaden young people’s horizons and help challenge stereotypes by bringing role models from the world of work into schools.

Last week an event was held to mark the launch to schools nationwide. TVNZ were there covering the event.

Watch the news story on demand >

A day in the life of a Penetration Tester

Spend a day as a white hat hacker with Gandhar and find out what being a Penetration Tester is like.

“I would say the most important attribute in this job would be curiosity. Curious about how things work, curious about how to turn things and how to break things.”

View video >

Go with Tourism Expos

Don’t miss this year’s Go with Tourism Expos around the country, in partnership with NZ Careers Expo.

With exhibits from Kiwi employers, there’s plenty of opportunities to find out about future career paths and available vacancies or work experience placements.

Find out more and register >

Leading the charge for female construction workers

Times are changing and the number of women in construction roles is growing.

These inspirational wāhine are leading the charge to educate other females on all of the different roles anyone can do in the industry.

Read all about them >

Construction worker setting up a ladder.

Know your employment rights and obligations

Learn important information through the new employee rights learning module from Employment New Zealand – empower yourself and stand up for your employment rights!

The PORSE Nanny Intern Programme 
is available to young adults aged 17 to 25 who are interested in early childhood education, and to families willing to support their learning in a home environment.


Open Polytechnic has released a free course called Introduction to Infection Prevention.

Timely huh! It’s a free course for anyone – teachers, students, parents etc. This is especially useful for students considering a health career. Learn about viruses and how they work, and it’s more than just COVID19. 
The course can be found at


Seniors are invited to join the following groups 
JPC Year 11 Careers 2021
JPC Year 12 Careers 2021
JPC Year 13 Careers 2021

This is the main way our department communicates news, events and updates.
We are available should Senior students want to come in to discuss their plans for next year or the future, please email or drop in to Careers first to book an appointment.

Whakapiki Ake

The Whakapiki Ake Project engages with rangatahi Māori to promote health as a career. 
Year 12 & Year 13 Māori students, who have a career goal towards becoming a health professional, please register now with the Careers Department – as we have opportunities to share with you. 
More information on Whakapiki Ake can be found here

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Studylink helps students make informed choices about their student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online. Follow this link for help with what you need to do when you are starting study:

Students don’t need to have their NCEA results or have locked down all their study plans. Their application can be updated as things are confirmed. By applying early, students will allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before their course starts.


Growing NZ (Food & Fibre)

The scholarship page is free to use and always will be. Unlike GivMe, students can access the information at home and on their mobiles etc. We have published a number of tips for application success as well, designed to make the application process less stressful for your students.

If you have any questions, please let me know. We welcome any feedback on the page.

You can get one year of tertiary study or two years’ training up to the value of $12,000 fees-free:

  • The equivalent of one year’s full-time study fees-free at an institute of technology, polytechnic, private training establishment, university or wananga.
  • Up to 24 months of an apprenticeship or training fees-free with an employer or industry training organisation.

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.


StudySpy provides students with a free course comparison tool with every course in New Zealand, from apprenticeships to degrees, and tertiary provider information, as well as a free scholarship database with over $70 million worth of scholarship opportunities. We help Aotearoa’s students make informed decisions on their study.  

Go Horticulture
Resources for schools encouraging young people to learn about pathways within the industry.

Go with Tourism
Go with Tourism is a government-funded initiative that has recently launched an Education Programme to excite & educate young people about the wide range of career pathways available in the tourism industry. They assist job seekers in finding employment & businesses to recruit. Check out their “Knowledge Hub”

Job Hunting
Check out this ebook resource from the Careers NZ website