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Career Central

Taku ara, e toku haere
My pathway, my journey

Head of Department: Ms Shelly Boyes

Students are encouraged to think about career choice and preparing for future pathways early in their secondary education. Emphasis is placed in career education delivered through the curriculum, specialist courses, academic conferencing, the vertical form system and personal interviews. Students also have access to careers counselling and careers information through printed material and on-line access to nationwide careers databases. Parents may make appointments with department staff and attend with their child if they wish for course and career planning.

Careers Centre

Centre Manager: Mrs Jane Jolly

The Careers Centre is the hub of the department and open to all students, downstairs in the Student Support Building. Seniors are strongly encouraged to regularly check in to familiarise themselves with the latest information from tertiary institutions and from employers.
The Centre Manager runs the day-to-day administration of the department including liaison with all tertiary institutions and with some employers. She manages the department’s schedule of services and the Centre is open for information and support throughout the school day.

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  • Career Education

    Year 9-10

    Starting Points

    • Prior knowledge on coming to high school, i.e., career exploration studies at Intermediate and contributing schools.
    • Prior involvement in pathway-orientated activities and events and demonstration of ‘soft skill’ work readiness, i.e., sports and cultural groups and teams; family business; paper runs and holiday jobs.
    • Academic conference goal setting with VFT and parents/caregivers in early March.

    What is the Foundation of a Future ‘Pathway’?

    A future ‘pathway’ is a journey or series of structured and connected education, training and support steps into the world of work. The foundation of a future pathway may start with a high school junior by:

    • Performing to the best of your ability in core workplace literacy and numeracy and IT skills, i.e., work towards mastery of basic applied language, mathematical, scientific and information technology skills.
    • Developing work readiness attitudes and aptitude
    • Becoming aware of personal (subject) strengths and spending time on pursuits and studies that are both meaningful and enjoyable.
    • School and work community involvement – volunteersim.

    Possible Foot Trips to Avoid

    • Take care with what you choose to post on Facebook – digital footprints are forever.
    • Create and use an appropriate email address.
    • If you’re in the news – make it for the right reasons.

    Junior Life Preparation Checklist

    This year check that you have:

    • Visited and used the Careers Centre (next to Rome H5) at least once
    • Access to PHS Careers Facebook page, KAMAR (Notices), PHS Website
    • Completed a Career Quest quiz
    • Written a basic CV or Letter of Introduction
    • Tax number (IRD #)
    • Own bank account
    • Started work in a paid or unpaid job that is age-, skill- and developmentally-appropriate
    • Found and safely stored your original personal identification where at least one document must be photo-identified. Minimum documentation includes your Birth Certificate or New Zealand Passport and/or Citizenship or Residency Status and/or Student Visa.
    • Actively participated in at least one (1) pathway-orientated activity or event, including KATTI, PILOT, tertiary junior taster days.
    • Actively participated in a sport or cultural team.
    • Started and/or completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award.
    • Had conversations with adults about work and their jobs.
    • Work shadowed an adult that does a job you’d be keen to do yourself.
    • Performed to the best of your ability in your core and optional subjects.
    • Developed a clear(ish) idea of your (subject) strengths and preferences.

    Junior Career Education Checklist

    This year make it your business to:

    Term 1

    1. Set goals with your VFT at an Academic Conference
    2. Actively participate in each timetabled subject, growing skills and personal self-confidence, to work out strengths that may develop a future pathway(s) in mind. This is an all-year action
    3. Junior reports via KAMAR

    Term 2

    1. Engage in various course selection activities and events
    2. Review progress of your three agreed academic conferencing goals with your VTF and parents/caregivers
    3. Active participation in pathway-orientated activities and events
    4. Active participation in student-family/whanau-teacher subject meetings

    Term 3

    1. Select course for next year.
    2. Junior reports via KAMAR
    3. Review progress of your three agreed academic conferencing goals with your VFT and parents/caregivers

    Term 4

    1. Active participation in any year level EOY programmes, including tertiary junior taster programme
    2. Perform to the best of your ability in EOY school examinations, including any NCEA subject examinations
    3. Reflect on agreed academic conferencing goals with your VFT
    4. Junior reports via KAMAR

    Your Suggested Next Steps

    • Active progress of established AC19 goals and review these with your VFT in Term 2
    • Active involvement in pathway-orientated activities and events, e.g., Science Fair, Market Day, KATTI, PILOT, The Rising Foundation camps, sports and cultural teams, visiting guest speakers.
    • Attend Open Evening, Thursday, 16 May between 3.30pm-7.30pm
    • Attend Franklin Secondary Schools Careers Exposition in June, held at P.I.A.
    • Work with others to accurately prepare for course selection in Term 3.

    And So Juniors…

    • Do the work! – includes completing your various Checklists and Suggested Next Steps, do your research, ask questions, get help early, show interest in yourself, be present and attentive.
    • Remember – this is your world, shape it or someone else will.
    • You can do this!

    Year 11-12

    Starting Points

    • Prior involvement in pathway-orientated activities and events and demonstration of ‘soft skill’ work readiness, i.e., sports and cultural groups and teams; family business; part-time and holiday jobs.
    • Set foundations for your individual pathway(s) into the senior school from personal performance in junior school core and optional subjects
    • Academic conference goal setting with VFT and parents/caregivers in early March

    What are the Cornerstones of a Future Pathway?

    A future pathway is a journey or series of structured and connected education, training and support steps into the world of work. As a high school senior, the cornerstones of a future pathway may be moved forward by:

    • Having commenced and progressed your NCEA qualifications journey to date with performance to the best of your ability in core workplace literacy, IT and numeracy skills
    • Active development of work readiness attitudes and aptitude
    • Pursuing subjects and acquiring ‘tickets’ that actively progress your pathway(s), as well as spending time on pursuits and studies that are both meaningful and enjoyable
    • Active school community and work involvement

    Possible Foot Trips to Avoid

    • Take care with what you choose to post on Facebook –digital footprints are forever
    • Create and use an appropriate email address
    • If you’re in the news –make it for the right reasons
    • Credit counting is an unhelpful attitude! It is the quality and type of credit that moves a (vocational) pathway(s) forward

    Senior (Y11-12) Life Preparation Checklist

    This year check that you have:

    • Visited and used the Careers Centre (next to Room H5) at least once
    • Access to PHS Careers Facebook page, KAMAR (Notices), PHS website
    • Completed a Career Quest quiz
    • Written a CV or Letter of Introduction or Targeted Resume
    • Tax number (IRD #) and own bank account number
    • Obtained NZ Driver Licence –Restricted (by end of Y12)
    • Started work or are working in a paid or unpaid job that is age-, skill-and developmentally-appropriate
    • Found and safely stored your original personal identification where at least one document must be photo-identified. Minimum documentation includes your Birth Certificate or New Zealand Passport and/or Citizenship or Residency Status and/or Student Visa
    • Actively participated in at least one (1) pathway-orientated activity or event, including KATTI, PILOT, tertiary senior taster days
    • Actively participate in a sport or cultural team
    • Started and/or completed a Duke of Edinburgh Award
    • Had conversations with adults about work and their jobs
    • Active involvement in a work experience and/or a trade academy or in-school trade programme; or work shadowing an adult that does a job you’d be keen to do yourself. These actions promote work readiness, character development and affirms pathways.
    • Established and are moving ahead with a clear(ish) idea of pathway(s) together with the required subjects. Actively working and performing to achieve at least entry status into your chosen pathway(s) at the end of your schooling.

    Senior (Y11-12) Career Education Checklist

    This year make it your business to:

    TERM 1

    1. Set goals with your VFT at an Academic Conference
    2. Actively participate in each timetabled subject, growing skills and personal self-confidence, to promote a future pathway(s) in mind. This is an all-year action.

    TERM 2

    1. Engage in various course selection activities and events
    2. Review progress of your three agreed academic conferencing goals with your VFT and parents/caregivers
    3. Active participation in pathway-orientated activities and events
    4. Senior reports via KAMAR

    TERM 3

    1. Select course for 2020
    2. Active participation in student-family/whanau-teacher subject meetings
    3. Review progress of your three agreed academic conferencing goals with your VFT and parents/caregivers

    TERM 4

    1. Perform to the best of your ability in NCEA qualification examinations
    2. Reflect on agreed goals academic conferencing goals with your VFT
    3. Senior reports via KAMAR

    Your Suggested Next Steps

    • Active progress of established AC19 goals and review these with your VFT in Term 2
    • Active involvement in pathway-orientated activities and events, e.g., KATTI, PILOT, The Rising Foundation camps, sports and cultural teams, visiting guest speakers
    • Attend Open Evening, Thursday, 16 May 2019 between 3:30PM –7:30PM
    • Attend Franklin Secondary Schools Careers Exposition in June 2019, held at P.I.A.
    • Work with others to accurately prepare for course selection in Term 3

    And so Seniors…

    • DO THE WORK!–includes completing your various Checklists and Suggested Next Steps, do your research, ask questions, get help early, show interest in yourself, be present and attentive
    • REMEMBER–this is your world, shape it or someone else will
    • YOU CAN DO THIS!

    Year 13

    Term 3 Course Planning Visits 2020

     

    Life Preparation Checklist

    This year check that you have:

    • Visited the Careers Centre (next to Room H5)
    • Access to Facebook (Year 13 page, PHS Careers page), KAMAR (Notices), PHS website
    • Completed a Year 13 Future Focus questionnaire and interview
    • An updated CV to apply for work-based training, apprenticeships, scholarships and employment
    • At least a Restricted Driver Licence and transport, if needed and possible
    • Tax number (IRD #)
    • Own bank account
    • Set up and are contributing to Kiwisaver
    • Original personal identification where at least one document must be photo-identified. Minimum documentation includes your Birth Certificate or New Zealand Passport and/or Citizenship or Residency Status and/or Student Visa, including vertified copies by a Justice of the Peace (JP)
    • References from either your teacher, Dean or Principal
    • Records of Achievement and NCEA results notices
    • Enough NCEA credits for your course or pathway entry, including Level 1 numeracy and Level 2 literacy
    • Taken note of orientation and course start dates
    • Taken part in tertiary Experience Days
    • Visited the tertiary institution that you wish to study at next year (Open Day)
    • Completed relevant work experience or employment to promote applications for tertiary study or entry into pathways
    • Looked into your eligibility to apply for relevant sources of funding to promote future study, e.g., local RSA Welfare Trusts through a proven military connection of a parent or grandparent; or iwi Trust through proven whakapapa
    • Initiated timely enlistment/application processes or registered with the industry training organisation for the vocational pathway beyond school you wish to enter, i.e., NZDF, police, apprenticeships, cadetships, traineeships
    • Made a decision on what you will be doing in your next year out of high school and action it
    • Applied for a student loan, if needed, and a student allowance, if eligiable
    • Understood the ‘Fees Free’ structure and eligibility
    • Applied for student accommodation if you need it (in August), or secured alternative accommodation for your first year of studying (or work) if out of town
    • Check out the ‘Going into Tertiary Study’ Action Plan at www.careers.govt.nz
    • Registered with Student Job Search if you are wanting to do part-time work
    • Appropriate clothes and shoes for interviews and work

    Scholarship Preparation

    In addition, check that you have:

    • Looked into scholarships you are eligible for by going to: moneyhub.co.nz
    • Sighted and verified copies of your Birth Certificate or your Passport (by a Justice of the Peace)
    • Written at least a 500-word statement about yourself
    • Reference from either your teacher, Dean, Principal or someone of standing in the community
    • An understanding of the industry/establishment providing the scholarship
    • Attended a Scholarship Workshop with Mrs. Jolly, or at least sought her advice and guidance once
    • Applied for any and all scholarships (and other relevant funding sources) that you are eligible for

    Tertiary Study Calendar Checklist

    This year make it your business to:

    TERM 1

    1. Attend and participate in all relevant liaison visits for New Zealand universities and institutes of technology.
    2. Check that you have the right course of study and possible NCEA Level 3 outcomes to get you into your proposed future tertiary study
    3. Check that you have Level 1 numeracy = 10 credits and Level 2 literacy = 10 credits (Reading 5 credits; Writing 5 credits).
    4. See your Dean or Career Development Services immediately if you have come from a Cambridge Examination or International Baculaurate school, or are new to New Zealand.

    TERM 2

    1. Prepare personal documentation scholarship applications
    2. Submit scholarship applications

    TERM 3

    1. Attend and participate in final liaison visits to arrange your next year’s tertiary study.
    2. Apply for university and student accommodation.
    3. Attend university Open Days.
    4. Submit scholarships applications

    TERM 4

    1. Seriously consider any conditional university placement(s) offered.
    2. Accept student accommodation and pay deposit.
    3. Submit scholarship applications.
    4. Successfully complete NCEA Level 3 UE in order to be accepted into the (New Zealand) university you have selected and have been offered a place at.

    And so Seniors…

    • DO THE WORK!–includes completing your various Checklists, be timely and work ahead of external deadlines to avoid personal stress, do your research, ask questions, get help early, show interest in yourself, be present and attentive
    • REMEMBER–this is your world, shape it or someone else will
    • YOU CAN DO THIS!

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    teachers, and receive feedback about their work makes 
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