The Careers Centre is located alongside the Guidance Department in A block, near the main office. A range of services, resources, and programmes are offered to support young people in preparing for their future.

Vision Statement

To help prepare young people to be life long career managers by encouraging them to: follow their heart, focus on the journey, manage constant change, access allies and commit to on-going learning.

Career Counselling

Year 12 and Year 13 students are able to request one-on-one career counselling sessions which are scheduled throughout the school day. Forms to request an appointment are available in the waiting area of the Careers Centre.

Careers counselling can help students to:

  • start thinking about their future – explore options.
  • find and research resources they may need to make informed choices.
  • investigate possible links with future learning providers and the world of work.
  • consider obstacles and alternative pathways.
  • provide a framework to make their plans manageable and realistic.
  • write a CV, job seek and complete tertiary study applications.

Students from other year levels are encouraged to seek advice during the lunch break or before / after school. Careers staff will be available to assist them with their enquiries.

Parent/caregiver enquiries are also welcome. Appointments can be arranged for parents/caregivers to attend appointments with their son/daughter, should they wish.

Kate Fenton
Phone: (64-9) 477-0150 ext 783

Careers Resources and Information

Up to date information regarding tertiary courses, apprenticeships and employment pathways is available in the Careers Room, A1. Here, students can also access the internet and computer assisted career guidance programmes.

Our primary means of communicating careers related information to students and caregivers is via RangiNET. Information regarding internal and external careers events, closing dates for tertiary education courses, job vacancies and much more can be found on this site. The school’s system of Daily Notices is another source used to communicate details of career activities.

During Term 3, Careers staff are involved in assisting students with making their subject choices. The Senior Students’ Handbook contains a comprehensive summary of information relating to subject choices and entry into tertiary courses or on-job training. Refer to pages 6-20. Please click on the link to access the Senior Students' Handbook.

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Gateway is a programme designed to strengthen the pathway for students to progress from school to workplace learning. The programme offers students the opportunity to experience structured workplace learning in an industry of their choice.

Gateway allows students to:

  • gain practical work experience in an industry of interest.
  • develop ‘work-ready’ skills.
  • achieve credits from employment related and/or industry based Unit Standards.

Key Features of Gateway

  • offered as a subject to Year 12 and Year 13 students.
  • students begin a work placement Term 1 / Term 2 for one day/week over a period of 10-20 weeks or students can opt to complete week block/s in the school holidays.
  • core generic unit standards relating to the work environment are taught in the classroom.
  • an individual learning plan which consists of industry related unit standards is designed for students to enhance their work place learning.
  • credits from industry based Unit Standards count towards NCEA and industry qualifications.
  • time allowance is given in class for students to catch up on missed work or assessments whilst on placement.
  • guest speakers from a range of industries and working environments are invited to share their real life stories and career pathways with the students.

The industry choices can be wide and varied; child care, construction, automotive, farming and beauty therapy are just a few examples. Students find their experiences very beneficial in helping them to make decisions regarding their future pathways. 

For further information go to RangiNET - My Groups/Departments/Careers/Gateway or contact:

Roxanne Mulvaney
Phone: (64-9) 477-0150 ext 785
Kate Gale
Phone: (64-9) 477-0150 

Leo Lutz

I have really enjoyed being able to get into the work force and gain experience in the Automotive industry. The skills I have gained will really help me with job finding in the future. It was a fantastic opportunity that I will appreciate for the rest of my life.

Leo Lutz
Year 12 - Gateway
Career Goal 
I will be looking for an apprenticeship in the Building industry.

Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resources (STAR)

STAR Short Introductory Courses are tertiary-type courses, funded by the Ministry of Education for the purpose of facilitating transition from school to further education or employment. Courses vary in length from 2 – 4 days and may be scheduled during term time or in the school holidays.

STAR courses are designed to:

  • support student exploration of pathways to work or further education.
  • increase engagement with learning by highlighting the relevance of schoolwork to future employment or study.
  • contribute towards achievement of NCEA and lead to tertiary qualifications.

Examples of STAR courses offered include:

Animal Care.
Armed Forces/Police.
Audio Engineering.
Barista Coffee Making.
Beauty Therapy.
Café Server.
Farm Skills.
First Aid Course.
Flight Attendant.        
Live Sound.
PC Engineering.
Travel & Tourism.
Video Production.

The list of STAR courses offered is advertised at the beginning of the school year. As there are only a limited number of places, students need to apply to be considered. Senior students are given priority where applications exceed the number of places available.

For further information go to RangiNET / Department / Careers.

Head of Department 
Kate Fenton

Diploma Home Science (University of Otago)
Diploma Secondary Teaching (Auckland College of Education)
Graduate Certificate Career Development (AUT)

Professional Member of CDANZ (Career Development Association New Zealand)
Member of CATE (Careers and Transition Education Association, Aotearoa)
Member of Careers Advisory Committee, AUT

Rangitoto College staff member for 25 years, the last 17 years as a Careers Counsellor.