Frequently Asked Questions

Q. You have no career ideas. How do you work out a career direction?

  • Become self aware. List your current career ideas and dreams, interests, skills, aptitudes, abilities, values and personal characteristics.
  • Try Career Quest online at TGS. This is a computer questionnaire program designed to generate suitable career options and to provide information on job requirements.
  •  Look around you and observe what people work at and what they do at work.


Q. You have a number of career ideas. How can you choose?


  • Talk to people doing jobs of interest. Use your network of family and friends to check out the reality of jobs and perhaps organize work experience.
  • Use Kiwicareers www.careers.co.nz to research your ideas.
  • Log onto the Career Services website www.careers.co.nz and click on ‘Careerpoint online chat’ to talk to a trained CareerPoint advisor.
  • Attend school career seminars in areas of interest Wednesday P3, advertised in Daily Notices.



Q. You know the career that you want, but which tertiary course will be best for you?

  • Consider your academic strengths, preferred learning style, studying ability and motivation. Find out the employment destinations of the course’s past graduates and take into consideration the length, whereabouts and cost.
  •  Ask you school careers advisor’s advice and research the material in your careers centre including ‘Courses Galore’.
  • Ask desirable employers if they have a tertiary trainer preference when hiring employees.
  • Visit Institutes as Student for a Day, attend open days, talk to providers at the Careers Expo.


Q. You are in Yr 11 or 12 at TGS. What subjects and qualifications are required for tertiary study?


  • Most courses look for overall achievement. Certificate courses require 3 or 4 years secondary schooling,  Diplomas require a minimum of 48 credits at L2.
  • If you have any interest in architecture, art, business, commerce, engineering, law, health sciences, nursing, pharmacy, planning,  or property, particular subjects are required. Refer to University Booklet or Website
  • Biology / Sport Science, Computer Science,  Information Systems require 5 approved subjects.


Q. As long as I gain an Achieved Credit in NCEA units, why should I try for Merit and Excellence?

  • You should aim for the highest achievement level possible in each  standard, because selection into Limited Entry degrees will be based on those levels in your best 80 Level 3 credits, from subjects on the approved list weighted by the level of achievement.


Q. You would like to work for a while before further study. What are employers generally looking for in employees?


  • Strong communication skills, problem solving skills, motivation to work and complete tasks, desire to learn, flexible and adaptable attitude, team workers, energy and enthusiasm.


Q. You are a practical person. How can you get industry and trade training?


  • Contact information for all Industry Training Organisations is available in the Skills Development section on the front page of www.tec.govt.nz. Unitec is our major tertiary trainer in automotive, boatbuilding, building trades and carpentry, and horticulture.


Q. Which job pays best?


  • Kiwicareers has salary graphs which give comprehensive pay data on NZ jobs.


Q. What types of jobs are expected to be the main source of new job opportunities in coming years?


  • Service industries have created the most employment growth recently and American projections suggest most jobs will be added in business services, health, education, engineering and management services, recreation and amusement services, retail (including restaurants and cafes) and social services (such as residential care for the elderly). NZ will probably experience similar trends.


Q. What information can I get about choosing my major at Universities?

No Major Drama helps you learn about majors for Bachelor degrees from across all eight New Zealand universities* and rank them based on your skills and interests.

No Major Drama is designed to help you answer what's likely to be one of the most important questions you'll face in your life: What should I 'major' (specialise) in at university?