Parent Information

Career development focuses on helping our rangatahi / young people to develop key competencies, self-knowledge and understanding of who they are and the life and career goals they want to pursue – helping them to gain the skills and attributes to manage their life, learning and work – particularly during key transition points.

The competencies, which are based on international research and practice, are grouped into four areas:

  • developing self-awareness – competencies that enable young people to understand themselves and the influences on them
  • exploring opportunities – competencies that enable young people to investigate opportunities in learning and work
  • deciding and acting – competencies that enable young people to make and adjust their plans, to manage change and transition, and take appropriate action
  • transitions – competencies that enable young people to transition smoothly to, through and from secondary school to further education or employment.

Shaping a clear future pathway can appear to be a confusing, daunting and complicated process for rangatahi. We can, however, work together as family, whānau and school to support our rangatahi, to begin these important conversations and start to build these skills.

At Aquinas, the Mentor teachers, Deans and Future Pathways Team will work with your students to help gain awareness of their own unique skillset, identify potential pathways and help support them to achieve those educational or employment goals. At anytime, you can get in touch with your child’s teachers or the Future Pathways Team to make an appointment to discuss this further.

You may also like to check out some of these informative websites that we use in school or in discussions with our students, to get a greater understanding of the work we do together:

  • Career Central – this is the website we use in school to help develop those key competencies outlined above – developing awareness of skills, choices and refining career and subject options, including the Bulls-Eye quiz – check it out to see how it is used in schools.

Other sites that might be useful when supporting your young people to make choices about future study or employment include:

  • Tertiary institution information – on this page you’ll find links to all the major and local universities and tertiary institutes. Keep an eye out for emails and school notices that publicise school visits and expos where you and your students can meet with tertiary representatives.
  • Scholarships – tertiary study can be expensive, and costs alone can be a prohibitive influence in decision making about future options. Financial support is available from a variety of sources to meet our  young people’s needs. Students, families and whānau are welcome to come in and meet with the Future Pathways team to help navigate these sites too.
  • Studylink – the closer they get to making a decision the more nervous students get about scholarships, allowances and application timelines – Studylink is the site where students access financial assistance – allowances and loans to pay for tertiary study. Rangatahi will need to validate their ID with a RealMe log-in and be aware of their financial situation before completing applications. The Future Pathways team can assist with RealMe but students may need your parental guidance with financial information.

If at anytime, you would like to talk with staff about the Future Pathway direction, or what assistance we can give, please get in touch with Mikaere Smith or Natasha Kahle, either by email – or , Students can come in and make an appointment with the Future Pathways Team in Room 32A.

Thirteen today, 20 tomorrow: Teens grow up fast and they need career advice now

The big questions – what subjects should I study, should I leave school or stay, is industry training better than a course, and what about university – can have a huge impact on teens. Leave it too long to get involved or try to tell the kids what they should do and you’ve found the recipe for disaster.

Teens may think mum and dad know nothing. The reality is that what parents do for a living; where they live; their education, knowledge and skills; what they earn; and how they spend their time and money have a huge influence on their child’s career decisions, says Ailsa Tini, career consultant at Careers New Zealand.

Tips for parents

  • Be your child’s advocate. “Help provide them contacts and don’t let them go it alone.”
  • Never ask teens what they are going to do for a job. Ask them what they enjoy at school and talk to their strengths and interests.
  • Listen to your teens and try to put yourself in their shoes.
  • Get involved in their career choices, understand what is happening in the classroom and how the qualifications system works.
  • Encourage your children’s interests even though they may not be your interests and try to see your teens for who they are.
  • Understand that the world is changing. It’s expected that in 20 years’ time 80 per cent of current jobs will no longer exist in the form we know now.
  • Great marks aren’t enough. Employers want to employ a whole person.
  • Join your teens on tours of tertiary institutions.
  • If you’re concerned about your teen’s career choices or think they need to think more broadly see advice from experts such as your career team at school.

extract – NZ Herald15 Nov, 2016 10:55am