Our vision is to help prepare young people to be lifelong career managers by encouraging them to: follow their heart, focus on the journey, manage constant change, access allies and commit to ongoing learning.



Career Counselling

Careers advice and counselling is available to support young people in preparing for their future beyond school.

The Deans are the first point of contact for students and where necessary, a referral will be made to see the school’s Careers Counsellor.

Years 12 and 13 students can book a one-on-one career counselling session with the school’s Career Counsellor if they wish. Parent / Caregiver enquiries are also welcome.

Careers Resources and Information

Students are encouraged to visit the Careers Centre before school or at lunch times to access the career resources available.

To help students keep up to date with what’s happening, careers information and events are posted on the daily notices and the careers section of RangiNet.

During Term 3, Deans and Careers staff assist students with making their subject choices for the following year. Refer to Senior Courses for details of subjects offered at the College and entry requirements for both tertiary study and on-job training pathways.

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Gateway is a subject option for Year 12 students and is an exciting opportunity for students to learn skills and gain experience to help become 'work-ready'.

Gateway is different to other subjects - it is an individual course where students do a set of core generic standards but work in class to discover who they are - strengths, interests, skills and career matches. Students have opportunities to attend off-site short courses and also experience a 5-10 day work placement which allows them to gain new skills and knowledge in a workplace.

Work placements are organised based on the individual student’s area of interest and can be wide and varied; childcare, construction, hotels, teaching, automotive, electrical, boat building and hairdressing are just a few examples. 

Students find their experiences extremely beneficial in helping them to make decisions regarding their future pathways. 

“Gateway has given me the confidence and skills to be a good employee and the opportunity and experience to get a clear vision of what I want for my future.” - Brendan Simmons, Gateway Student

Roxanne Mulvaney
Gateway Co-ordinator
Phone: (64-9) 477-0150 ext 785
Kate Gale
Gateway Teacher
Phone: (64-9) 477-0150 

STAR - Short Introductory Courses

If a student is interested in a specific career, a STAR short course may help them work out if it is a good choice for them.

STAR courses are short courses delivered by technical institutes or private training providers for secondary school students. There are limited places available on a variety of STAR courses such as Barista, Hairdressing/Barbering, Computer Programming and more. Defensive Driving and First Aid Courses are also available for senior students.

Course information is available on RangiNET and advertised in Daily Notices.

Andrea Te Maari
STAR SIC Co-ordinator
Phone: (64-9) 477 0150 ext 779
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 30 years, the last 22 years as a Careers Counsellor.