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:
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 2020, 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.
Calling all community-focused, out-of-region secondary school students interested in physiotherapy – we want you! Wintec are now accepting applications for physiotherapy for 2020. The Wintec physiotherapy programme is the third physiotherapy school in New Zealand. The four year programme that will provide the skills, knowledge and qualification to register and work as a physiotherapist in Aotearoa New Zealand. The programme has been designed for those who are engaged with their community and have a commitment and interest in Māori and/or Pacific health. You can read more about this programme at the following link. Applications close 11 November.
October Information session happening Wednesday 23 October – Thinking about study in 2020? Join us for an information session and find out how you can get started. You’ll get to meet the tutors, take a tour of our campus, and if you’re ready you can even enrol on the day. Drop in anytime between 3.30-5.30pm, session will be held in the Atrium, Wintec House. Click here to find out more.
It’s Scholarship time now so please make sure parents and Year 13 students are looking at the Scholarship section of our webpage.
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We’re on the hunt for people willing to share their positive stories about Careers.govt.nz or Fees Free to inspire New Zealanders to use these platforms to help them have a successful career journey. If you or someone you know has a positive story about Careers.govt.nz or Fees Fee and is willing to share their story with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact details.
GATEWAY PLACEMENTS 2019 STILL AVAILABLEParents, there are Gateway placements available right now in a number of industries including social & community, retail, early childhood, swim teaching, lifeguarding and hospitality. Gateway is an option too for academic students, as placements can be flexible around their core subjects, allowing students to go out during study periods or holidays.
This is the main way our department communicates news, events and updates. 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 email or drop in to Careers first to book an appointment.
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 https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/fmhs/study-with-us/vision-2020/whakapiki-ake-.html
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This is the main way our department communicates news, events and updates.
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.
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.
Student Money Tips – MoneyHub has also published a guide to better prepare students for life after school with a number of tips, tools and insights. For more details, visit the Student Money Tips page.
Scholarships – the ultimate free, easy-to-use and mobile-friendly list of scholarships for 2019’s Year 13 students. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success.
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We want to make your Year 13 students aware that many high-value scholarships will close in late July and August. It’s now time to act – our Scholarship guide was updated this morning with the latest offerings, dates and guidance. We’ve listed hundreds of opportunities available to any Year 13 student planning to attend university in New Zealand in 2020.
How you can help your year 13 students: We would welcome you letting your students and parents know about the resource, either by:
To make things easy, we’ve included a sample blurb below that you are welcome to use for Facebook and/or newsletters.
1. For Facebook: University Scholarships for Year 13 Students MoneyHub has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for students starting university in 2020. All universities are covered, and there are hundreds of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships too. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. To find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page
2. For school newsletters: University Scholarships for Year 13 Students MoneyHub, a consumer finance website, has published a guide to hundreds of scholarships for any student planning to start university in 2020. The comprehensive list includes scholarships offered by every university as well as those specifically available to local students. A list of privately-funded, Maori, Pacific and International university scholarships completes the list. Applications close throughout the year, with tens of millions of dollars available. MoneyHub has also published a list of tips for scholarship success. For more details and to find suitable scholarships, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page
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.
If you are returning to John Paul College, and are interested in the Gateway Programme in 2019 please see Rachael in the Careers Department.
Gateway Opportunities now available In Countdown Seeds retail programme (customer service & food handling) & One Team Uniform Services (military taster ABL). Involves one day out a week for 10 weeks, 15 – 22 credits, starting soon. Limited spots. See Rachael in Careers for more details.
Fees-free 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
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.
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.email@example.com
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.
Gateway Opportunities now available in:
Swim Teacher Award
Retail (Countdown Seeds or Warehouse Stationery Blue Shirts in Schools)
One Team Uniform Services (Armed Forces Taster – Adventure Based Learning)
Personal Presentation (in a salon setting gaining credits in customer services, styling hair and personal presentation)
Any student wishing to enter Nursing, Teaching, Veterinary Science is strongly advised to have some Gateway experience as the interviewing panel will ask questions about previous experience in the field.
**If you are considering a Trade when you leave school, doing Gateway is highly recommended!**