Developing a career pathway can be challenging for young people and but there are number of steps students can take to assist them in their decision making process.

The websites below will assist students in understand who they are, the options available to them and how to put their plan into action.

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General Career Sites

Careers NZ Ltd 

An up to date career site for all ages, providing information and tools to help New Zealanders with lifelong education and career decisions. Online resources and tools for young people and career practitioners to support ongoing career development.

There are a number of self-awareness activities that help you identify who you and what you are good at.

Ideas and tools to explore your options

Tips on making good career decisions and taking action.

Other good career related sites

Wayfinder Application

ONet Online

Managing your online reputation is important

Good career decisions include being aware of how you portray yourself online and on social media. This article contains some helpful information on how to manage your online presence.

Labour Market Information

New Zealand websites that indicate job prospects and skill shortages.

New Zealand Universities

Universities off the highest and the most challenging level of education. The first level of qualification is a degree (NZQA Level 7) but student can progress to gain an honours degree, postgraduate diplomas, a master’s degree or a doctorate (NZQA Level 10).


Apprenticeships are where you “earn while you learn”. Majority of the training is “on-the-job”. On completion apprentices gain one or more national certificates and become qualified in the associated trade. In New Zealand currently there is a high demand for apprenticeships I a range of different industries.

Job Hunting

Helping students go directly into the workforce, have a look at these links and they will help identify job opportunities, give tips on writing a CV and prepare students for their job interview.

The Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force includes the Army, the Navy and the Airforce. The primary purpose of the NZ Defence Force is to defend New Zealand in time of war. Peacekeeping and assisting in disasters are other key roles. There are up to 80 different, diverse roles within the NZ Defence Force from combat to Engineering officers. One of the key benefits of working within the NZ defence force is the ability to “earn while you learn”. The comradery and friendship of living and working with others is another attraction for many.

Go Horticulture

GoHort is a brilliant online resource for anyone interested in a career in sustainable food production. With over 60 000 people employed in this industry in New Zealand, in areas that cover subjects such as business, science and technology among others, it's definitely an option that's worth looking into.

Institute of Technologies and Polytechnic

If you are looking for a more practical style of learning and smaller class sizes you may want to consider an ITP or polytechnic. Te Pūkenga has brought the existing 16 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) into one organisation.They have a range of subjects available and are often focused on an end job.  Each institution has a range of qualification ranging from a certificate (NZQA Level ¾) to a degree (NZQA Level 7). Programmes are designed to suit people of all ages and stages of education.

Private Training Providers

New Zealand has a huge number of Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and they are all very different in what they offer and teach. What links them all is that they are required to be registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and their curriculum and academic standards must meet national standards. Here is a list of New Zealand private training providers.


Wānanga are publicly owned tertiary institutions that focus on practical learning and embrace learning and teaching in a Māori cultural context. Tertiary study is available from NZQA Level 3 to Level 10. The three wānanga’s are:

GAP Year

Many students take a GAP Year at the end of Year 13. It can be a great opportunity to earn some money for tertiary study, gain work experience or see the world. GAP years are valuable if well planned and have purpose. One of the most attractive options is to travel overseas. There are many opportunities to spend time working, exploring and volunteering. Here are some links to those options.