Our Careers Department staff:
Careers & Transition Coordinator Sheryl Hewitson – email@example.com
Junior School Careers Advisor Sherry Brewer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers P.A / Trades Academy Jan Thompson – Jan.Thompson@jpc.school.nz
Gateway Rachael Hindrup – Rachael.email@example.com
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.
MKGI Māori Kiwiberry Scholarship
Māori Kiwifruit Growers Inc (MKGI) in conjunction with Zespri and Plant and Food Research are providing a kiwiberry cultivar development scholarship for one current Māori undergraduate or postgraduate student.
The initial scholarship is $40,000 and one year of work experience. This could include degrees in all areas of science. The Māori Kiwiberry Scholarship is offered to build awareness of the kiwifruit industry as an exciting career option, to encourage further research into the industry (especially in the kiwifruit cultivar development) and to encourage capability building.
Application form at: https://www.zespri.com/Documents/MKGI-Zespri-Scholarship-Form-Kiwiberry.pdf
Bay Trust Dillon Scholarship
The RAPHS Scholarship was established in 2008 with funds donated by Rotorua Area Primary Health Services Ltd to the Health Rotorua Charitable Trust.
Rotorua Area Primary Health Services (RAPHS) is an independent health management organisation committed to health care excellence in the Rotorua area. Established in 1993 by a group of forward-thinking general practices, RAPHS today manages a range of multi-disciplinary clinical programmes and support services, and provides business, administrative and technology support for primary healthcare providers in Rotorua.
Each year, two RAPHS Undergraduate Scholarships are offered to Rotorua residents in their first year of medical or nursing training, with the intent of supporting the training and retention of local medical practitioners.
- One $2000 scholarship is available to a student who has been accepted into the first year of a nursing degree; and
- One $2000 scholarship is available to a student who has successfully completed his/her first year of study at The University of Auckland or University of Otago and has been accepted into the first professional year of the medical degree programme
Applications and further information available at https://www.raphs.org.nz/index.php/about-us/scholarships/or from the Careers department.
For students looking at joining the Gateway Programme in 2019, please fill out this form, and return to the Careers Department. Alternatively the form is available from Careers.
We are available should Senior students want to come in to discuss their plans for next year or the future, please ring or email us first for an appointment.
Introduction to the Forestry Industry
Last week five Year 10 students attended a 2 Day Introduction to Forestry Course run by Te Wananga o Aotearoa and Timberlands. Students visited a trucking company, and went out into the forest observing thinning and harvesting operations, and they each planted a tree.
The industry has a shortage of engineers, mechanics, drivers, and forestry workers in the areas of harvesting and silviculture (planting and pruning). The employers on the day all echoed the key attributes they look for when hiring: good attitude, driver licence and willingness to work.
Experience Waikato University Day
On the 6th November 30 Year 10 students attended this event at Waikato University. Students attended workshops, had lunch in the Halls of Residence and spent the day experiencing university life
Congratulations to the following students who attended the Toi Ohomai Trades Academy Prizegiving recognising this year’s achievements.
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Apply before 16 December – you can’t miss it
If you’re studying in 2019, 16 December is a very important date. It’s one you just can’t miss.
Around 170,000 students will need to get organised for study in 2019. 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.
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.
Fees-free is managed by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). Students can check if they can get fees-free study at www.feesfree.govt.nz. 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 www.feesfree.govt.nz 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
There’s a sign up link on the StudyLink homepage.
For Student Allowances and/or Student Loans. Apply by mid December on www.studylink.govt.nz
Create login and you can return, check and update your information.
If you are returning to John Paul College, and are interested in the Gateway Programme in 2019 please see Rachael in the Careers Department.
The purpose of Gateway is to enable senior students to look at careers as they actually are in the workplace. Students may display a clear direction towards a specific career path, or who need to ‘test the waters’ of a particular career path they are interested in.
What is Gateway?
The purpose of Gateway is to enable senior students to look at careers as they actually are in the workplace. Students may display a clear direction towards a specific career path, or wish to ‘test the waters’ of a particular career path they are interested in. Gateway placements usually are one day a week for 8 weeks, or can be flexible for students to go out during weekends or school holidays.
Auckland University has a Fast Track process available, which is targeted at high-achieving domestic school-leavers, who have applied to commence their studies in Semester One 2019. While a Fast Track offer is a conditional offer, it allows an applicant to enroll from 1 November 2018, before the summer break, rather than having to wait until January 2019. This gives them the advantage of selecting their courses early and increases the likelihood of getting into courses that have a limited number of available places.
Fast Track offers are being sent out through until 10 December 2018. Please be aware that students could receive multiple offers, if they have applied for more than one programme. Auckland University realise this may confuse students so they’ve outlined a process in the Information Sheet for them to follow. For additional information on the Fast Track process please visit AskAuckland our online student help and support centre.
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: Sheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Ray.OBrien@op.ac.nz
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
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?
- 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 rimbrook.org/homeawayfromhome
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 https://www.aviationinstitute.co.nz/placement-test
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