career pathways and further education 

together with many of new zealand's tertiary and industry training providers, and businesses, we have created a directory below with a wealth of information to help students consider opportunities for their future.

 if you would like further information regarding careers, please email our careers advisor, mrs kate harvey. 

auckland university of technology (aut)

art and design
our major study areas include communication design, fashion design, animation, visual effects and game design, industrial design, interaction design and spatial design.

when you study the bachelor of business at the aut business school you’ll be working closely with leading academics at an internationally accredited business school. accounting, information systems, economics, finance, hr, management and leadership, marketing, international business & strategy. view our presentation here

be (honours)- architectural, construction, electrical and electronic, maritime, mechanical, mechatronics, software engineering.
bachelor of engineering technology – electrical, electronic, mechanical.

sport and recreation
coaching, exercise science & nutrition, health and physical education, management, outdoor education, sport and exercise science. view our presentation here

aut future career sheets
disclaimer - we are updating older career sheets on an ongoing basis. the covers may not change but the content will reflect the latest information we have about those sectors.

explore your study options at aut - youtube

bcito – building and construction ito

the building and construction industry training organisation is the largest construction related industry training organisation. we facilitate training and help people into training and apprenticeships. 

an apprenticeship is a practical-based qualification completed while in the workforce.

the benefits of an apprenticeship is one on one training with a professional, earn while you learn, real work, real skills, real life and no student debt. trades we cover include carpentry, cement & concrete, interior systems, solid plastering, floor & wall tiling, proprietary plaster cladding systems, frame & truss, brick & block laying, stone masonry, painting & decorating, joinery, and flooring.

boffa miskell – landscape architects, urban planners, ecologists and digital design

boffa miskell is an environmental planning and design consultancy with offices across new zealand.  we help make places for people that enhance the value and sustainability of the natural, built and social environment.

we’re landscape architects and urban designers, planners and ecologists, and digital design specialists in mapping and visualisation. 

landscape architects design everything from school grounds and playgrounds to parks and public spaces. 

urban designers plan what our neighbourhoods and cities look like, and how they work for the people that live there. 

planners make sure that we’re following the laws about how we use the land and protect our natural resources, beautiful views, and important places.

ecologists make sure that we’re doing more than just thinking about what people need – but that we’re also protecting and providing a habitat for animals and plants and improving the environment.

digital design specialists create interactive maps, virtual reality simulations and digital models to assist everyone in understanding what is proposed.

canterbury university

engineering, product design, arts, science, commerce, physical education, fine arts, forestry science & the environment, health sciences, music, social work, speech and language pathology, sports coaching, teaching and learning and communications, law & criminal justice, computer information systems.

charted institute of building services engineers (cibse)

building services engineering makes buildings meet the needs of the people who live and work in them.  buildings  do more than provide shelter from the heat and cold, or from sun, wind and rain; they must also provide a safe and healthy environment in which people can live, work and achieve. building services engineers are the people who make this happen. they creatively apply scientific principles to design the buildings we need.

what is building services
introduction to building services engineering
careers guides for building services – this is helpful for school students and parents. note that the school curriculum is based on uk schools, however it is applicable to equivalent nzqa.
cibse intro video

etco - electrical training apprenticeship

etco is a wholly owned subsidiary of master electricians (previously ecanz) established to provide employment and training for the electrical industry in new zealand. our two main areas of activity are:

  • the employment and placement of electrical apprentices via our group apprenticeship scheme
  • the provision of training courses for apprentices and tradespeople
apprentices experience with the electrical training experts video
etco apprentice mentor's role

l t mcguiness – construction industry – construction management & building apprenticeships

l t mcguinness is a third generation privately owned family business, operating since 1950.  our projects include fit-out refurbishment restrengthening and new developments of commercial buildings and luxury apartments.  our recent establishment in the auckland market has resulted in continuing our record of delivering projects on time and to the highest standard.

we directly employ over 230 staff in a variety of construction roles, for example, labourers, apprentices, carpenters, cadets, site managers, quantity surveyors and project managers.  we offer you an opportunity to gain your qualification on the job and continue progressing your career with us.

lincoln university – christchurch  

landscape architecture, agriculture, agricultural science, agricultural commerce, horticulture, commerce, environmental science society, tourism, sport and recreation, science, viticulture and oenology, land and property management. scholarships.
view lincoln university's best preparation chart here

mainz- music audio institute

mainz programmes are designed for music lovers with the industry in mind. mainz - the music and audio institute of new zealand is a faculty of the southern institute of technology (sit) with campuses in auckland and christchurch. we offer a range of programmes designed with the music industry in mind. whatever your passion - music performance, audio engineering/production or event management - you will get the best start in the music industry at mainz.

mainz website

manukau institute of technology (mit) / te pukenga

trades, engineering, nursing, hospitality, digital technologies, business, horticulture & landscaping maritime, sport, recreation and exercise science and police preparation.

masterlink plumbing

gain apprenticeships into the plumbing industry.
masterlink apprentice profile - james moore
masterlink nz youtube channel

massey university

for more than 80 years, massey university has helped shape the lives and communities of people in new zealand and around the world. its forward-thinking spirit, research-led teaching, and cutting-edge discoveries make massey new zealand’s defining university.

we embrace diversity, talent and performance, and provide staff and students with an extensive range of opportunities to develop intellectually, professionally and personally.
 massey is new zealand's university of choice for almost 30,000 students every year from more than 100 countries. we are committed to helping you achieve your personal aspirations and full potential.

we’re here to help you reach your educational goals and your career dreams. we want you to succeed. we have award-winning teachers, well-connected lecturers and world-renowned researchers. add to this our committed support staff and you have the best learning environment to help you move towards your future.
we're new zealand's only truly national university. you can study on-campus at auckland, manawatū or wellington, via distance learning, or a combination of both. you can also change where and how you study if your circumstances change. with the largest number of qualifications on offer, the choice of where and how you study is completely up to you.

our graduates are knowledgeable, creative, visionary, innovative and recognised for their practical nature and ability to get stuck in from the get-go. it’s this reputation and hands-on attitude that sets massey graduates apart. you'll become part of a proud tradition when you graduate from massey, you can bank on it.
our qualifications are respected in new zealand and around the world. you'll be taught by teachers, lecturers, and researchers with strong links within their industries and professional organisations. this means you'll graduate with a highly relevant qualification sought after by leading employers.

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 massey guides:

 auckland campus
manawatu campus
wellington campus 
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media design school

media design school is new zealand's most awarded tertiary institution for creative and digital technology qualifications. we offer industry-endorsed courses in ai, game art, game programming, graphic design, creative advertising, motion design, interactive design, ar/vr, and 3d animation and visual effects.

nz defence force careers

there aren’t many careers that give you so much opportunity. imagine travelling the world with your mates, working with the latest technologies, experiencing new cultures, keeping fit and being challenged at every step. that’s the reality of life in the defence force.

new zealand army 
officer careers, specialist apprentices –armourer, carpenter, dental assistant, electricians, field engineer, plumber, systems engineers, combat careers and more

new zealand navy
specialist officers, seaman officers, naval technicians, combat specialists, electronic warfare specialists, communications, divers, helicopter pilot, hydrographic officer, marine engineer/technician, chef, steward, medic.

new zealand air force 
whatever your interests and strengths, you will find a career to suit you in the air force. we have got more than 30 different careers for you to choose from in the following categories: combat and security, aviation, officers and management, medical and health, engineering, intelligence, it and communications, hospitality and logistics and administration.


  • trades
  • sport and recreation 
  • barista, bartending, hospitality & chef

new zealand police

many career opportunities - general duties constable, road policing, forensics, detective, dog handler, air support, dive squad, police negotiator, maritime, protection services and more.

queenstown resort college

qrc offers diplomas in hospitality management and adventure tourism management.

qrc info night
auckland qrc info night

  • location: skycity, room 68 at the grand, level 7
  • date: thursday 25th august 2022
  • time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

 experience qrc
last chance for you to come along and experience qrc in 2022 is either october 4 – 6 or october 11 – 13. 

  • eqrc is a great opportunity for you to try out qrc for yourself, learn about the courses, paid internship placements with industry partners across new zealand and worldwide and experience queenstown life.
  • cost – $299 for 2 nights and 3 days and includes accommodation, food and activities. (flights not included)

 *if you are interested in coming down to experience qrc, speak to your careers advisor at school as they may be able to help you with your application.

 qrc national scholarships
the qrc national scholarships are open for students studying a hospitality management or adventure tourism management diploma at the queenstown campus in 2023.   we are looking for someone who has a genuine interest for the tourism industry, is committed and wanting to make a difference.   

  • we have four scholarships to award, two for hospitality management and two for adventure tourism management.  
  •  you need to have your diploma and scholarship application submitted by friday 16th september. 
  • the scholarships are worth $6,000 each and would go towards covering the 2nd year tuition fees. 
  •  for more information, please click here.

sae - creative media institute

study audio, music and film programmes and courses at globally renowned sae's world-class facilities here in auckland city.


techtorium offers diplomas in the following: computer engineering, information technology technical support, systems administration, cloud management, software development, and information systems.

waipapa taumata rau / university of auckland

the bachelor of commerce offers the following:  accounting, commercial law, economics, finance, information management, information systems, innovation and entrepreneurship.  bachelor of property

mechanical, chemical and materials, software, mechatronics, engineering science, biomedical, civil (including environmental), electrical and electronics, computer systems, structural.

through the study of law, you will arm yourself with a skill set that meets the high demands of any legal career, including knowledge of the law and its implications.

medical and health science  
medicine, optometry and vision science, medical science, nursing, pharmacy and population health medical imaging.

social work, education, arts, creative arts, architecture, science, urban planning and music.

waipapa taumata rau university of auckland – virtual campus tour
how to apply
waipārūrū hall virtual tour
university hall towers virtual tour
o'rorke hall virtual tour
grafton hall virtual tour
what it's like to be a university student
waipapa taumata rau university of auckland youtube channel


watch the video overview 

from architecture, interior design, and garden design to landscape architecture – these disciplines are powerful elements of how we can design, create, and build environments that are functional works of art.

construction management and quantity surveying
construction management, graduate diploma in construction project management, national diploma in construction management, construction economics, national diploma in quantity surveying, property development, and national diploma in architectural technology.

trades and services
trades and services focuses on real, hands-on experience, working with some of the world's top equipment. automotive engineering, building and carpentry, plumbing and gasfitting, and draining and electrical.

university of otago

law, commerce, arts, applied science, environmental science, it, land surveying, medicine, physiotherapy, pe, sport technology, dentistry, medical laboratory technician, film and media, science etc.

university of waikato

social science, environmental planning, science & engineering (including civil) law, business, maori and pacific development, teaching, computing & mathematical sciences, bachelor of management studies, entrepreneurship, graphic design, sport, health and human performance.

victoria university of wellington

law, performing arts, design, arts, science, education, tourism management, architecture, film and theatre, commerce, building science, engineering, music, bachelor of health, communications, and biomedical science.

whitecliffe college of arts and design

to educate and shape students in creative, technology and leadership fields so that they can be valuable contributors to industry and society.

  • art: digital media and design, fine arts – fine arts or photo media
  • design: graphic design, digital media and design
  • fashion: apparel and fashion technology, patternmaking, fashion and sustainability  
  • technology: it essentials, information technology, it technical support, web development and design, networking, software development, applied information technology