Career planning

Career education is embedded in St Paul’s Collegiate School’s culture and is integrated across curriculum areas and pastoral care networks.

Students at St Paul’s Collegiate are provided with careers guidance and support in making vocational/educational decisions.

The Future Pathways Facilitator, Mr Paul Wilson, provides students with a range of opportunities and experiences which encourage them to make informed choices about their future education, training and career pathways within and outside school.

Career education is offered at all levels of the school curriculum. Students and parents are welcome to come and discuss subject choices and first step options post-secondary school. The Careers Department arranges tertiary liaison visits from universities and other providers (the NZ Defence Forces, BCITO, ETCO, Schick Construction as examples).

The Careers Department runs a Careers Expo every two years for Year 11 to 13 students. About 50 presentations are organised using Collegians and other willing participants. They focus on their career but also talk about their career journey. Students choose three presentations to attend that they are interested in.

For the annual subject information evening, representatives from a number of tertiary providers and trades set up stands to talk to parents and students. This was trialled in 2022 and proved very popular so it will be continued in future years.

The Careers Room, located in the Lander Centre, has up-to-date information on courses and qualifications for all tertiary providers. The careers staff also provide support to students on course enrolments, applications to Hall of Residence and available scholarships. All students can make appointments to see Mr Wilson from 7.30am through the booking system.

It is expected that all Year 12 and 13 students will meet with Mr Wilson at least once in terms one, two and three. In addition, any Year 10 and 11 student can make an appointment to discuss subject choices and possible career areas of interest

Careers resources

The Careers Department has a careers newsletter which informs parents and students alike of up-and-coming events, interesting careers articles, job opportunities and tertiary and trades presentations. This is sent out fortnightly. We are happy to include career information and job opportunities from our parent body and extended family. On the student portal site, students can access a number of interactive websites that can assist in their subject choices, career planning and University courses. The careers staff use a computer-aided careers guidance programme:

Career Central

Transitioning from school can be a stressful time. There are so many choices for young people that it can sometimes seem overwhelming. Career Central is a tool to assist students to explore their options as they develop their career plans and is available to all students. This platform allows teachers and Future Pathways Facilitators to see students’ skills, values, goals and interests (including occupational and tertiary interests) in order to assist them in making informed choices as they transition through and beyond school. Within Career Central is the BULLS-EYE – Careers Quiz which can help with career choices.

This programme a very useful tool in the student’s decision-making process both for subject choices and career planning. See here

If parents are interested in in-depth career consultation, outside provider Claire Oehley provides a great service. For more information see her website.


Paul Wilson (Careers Advisor)
Tel: +64 7 957 8899 ext 8845
Mobile: +64 21 725 854
Email Paul