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

GATEWAY AVIATION – Year 12 and 13 students

Registrations are currently being taken for anyone interested in studying towards a career in Aviation.
Aviation is an exciting career choice with lots of possibilities. One of our former students completed this course and has already obtained a limited pilot’s licence.
The course runs throughout the year, is facilitated by a CAA qualified instructor and includes a combination of standards and practical aspects so another way to gain those allusive credits!
If you are interested, please come to Connexions to sign up during interval or lunch time.

(Posted: 15 Feb 2021)

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 Canterbury 9 September
University of Otago 24 May
Victoria University 20 August

University/Polytechnic Liaison Visits

Term 1: 

Tuesday 23 February University of Canterbury Liaison Officer Visit, 12:30pm
Thursday 4 March Lincoln University Liaison Officer Visit, 12:30pm
Thursday 18 March Otago University Liaison Officer Visit, 8:50am
Tuesday 13 April Ara Polytechnic Liaison Officer Visit, 12:15pm
Thursday 15 April Otago Polytechnic Liaison Officer Visit, 12:15pm

Contact details

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