Career Counselling

Career Education

Career Education is an integral part of school life at SGHS. All year levels participate in programmes and activities integrated into their learning packages.  Key outcomes are students recognising and developing their skills, strengths, and gaining a better understanding of what is important to them.

Our Aim

Our aim is to develop the career key competencies – developing self-awareness, exploring opportunities and deciding and acting.

Some of the key ways we can help students are:

  • explore options for future pathways
  • find and research resources, so they can make informed decisions
  • form links with tertiary providers
  • consider alternative pathways
  • check entry requirements for courses
  • enquire about job opportunities
  • improve job interview skills
  • select subjects for future study
  • apply for University Scholarships, Halls of Residence and overseas Universities

All students are able to request a one to one career counselling session which can be scheduled during the school day. Students can make appointments by calling into the reception area in Connexions.

Parents can also email the team at to make an appointment for their daughter and/or themselves.

Careers staff are available before and after school, at interval and at lunchtime to assist with inquires. Parent/Caregiver inquiries are also welcome. Appointments can be arranged so that parents/caregivers can attend with their daughter.  All Year 13 students will be interviewed in Term 1 and 2.

Rachel Smith – Careers Office Manager
Liz Dodds – Careers Advisor/Gateway Co-ordinator
My Mahi

Broadening Horizons, Improving Wellbeing, Discovering Strengths and Becoming Work Ready

My Mahi is an online interactive tool available to all students and staff at SGHS. Within My Mahi students are able to build a CV, explore education and training courses within New Zealand, develop a work ready portfolio, and keep track of their NCEA credits.

Work Ready Passport

SGHS, in conjunction with Great South and CATE Southland, have produced a Work Ready Passport to help students prepare their pathway to employment. The passport shows our students are READY (Resourceful, Enterprising, Adaptable, Driven & dynamic) and prepared for life beyond school.

Careers Events/Notices

SIT STAR Courses for Year 12 and 13 Students - Terms 1 and 2

SIT are running STAR courses again this year, these courses run 1 day per week for the term.
If you are interested in attending one of the following courses, please register your interest with Mrs Smith at Connexions during interval or lunch time.
Please note, some are Level 2 and some are Level 3 AS or US. Spaces are limited and are on a first in, first served basis.

Term 1 Carpentry/Joinery, Hospitality, Film Making
Term 2 Animation, Automotive, Carpentry/Joinery, Engineering, Intro to Nursing

If you have any inquiries about our STAR programme, please email Rachel Smith:

Available Courses

Information to come.

University Open Days


All Year 13 students have the opportunity to attend a one day visit to Otago University in May each year, there is no cost to attend for students with the school providing bus transport to and from Dunedin.

This is a great way to find out what Degrees are available, and what campus life is really like.


Otago Polytechnic 24 May
University of Otago 24 May
SIT (Southern Institute of Technology) 25 May, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Lincoln University 23 July, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Victoria University 20 August
University of Canterbury 9 September

University/Polytechnic Liaison Visits

Term 2: 

28 July: 12:15 pm Waikato Polytechnic, Connexions

Other Scholarships

MTF Finance ‘Future Legends Scholarship’

The scholarship has been developed to support and nurture talented young Kiwis from a range of disciplines. MTF Finance will award six $5,000 cash prizes, over two rounds throughout the year.

Applications are open to New Zealanders aged 13-21 years. Winners will be chosen from three categories:

  • Sport
  • Academia and entrepreneurship
  • Music and the arts

Round 1 winners will be announced at the end of June 2021.

To learn more and apply, visit the following website:

School Leavers

Click on the links below for more information about finishing High School at the end of the year:

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

Click on the links below for more information about CV’s:

Employment Opportunities

MoneyHub has updated its comprehensive directory of student jobs. With 50+ well-known employers listed and links to their student job application details, getting a part-time job is a lot easier with this guide:


Upcoming Events








































Girls in Trades
event on Wednesday 19 May, 10 -2pm.

This is a day to discover career opportunities across the whole trades sector, from construction and infrastructure, to machinery operation, electrical and more. Find out more about training pathways and opportunities, with a strong focus on what is available in our city of Invercargill.  

This is a structured day with speakers, interactive activities and employer visits. There will be a wide range of industry representatives available to talk to students.
















The College of Engineering | Te Rāngai Pūkaha will once again be co-hosting STEMinism – Engineering and Technology Evening, alongside UC student clubs Women in Engineering and Women in Technology.

This free event is aimed at female students in Year 11-13 who are interested in finding out more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) study and career options.

We will be streaming this event online so that students and whānau residing outside of Otautahi Christchurch are also able to attend.

Click HERE to register.








































This FREE online info session is all about international volunteer opportunities available with Lattitude. Meet with our team, learn how you can get involved, and make 2022 not just better than 2020 and 2021, but your best year yet! Register on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom meeting link.






Careers Spotlight

Information to come.

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