Career Education

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

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
Term 3 Audio, Automotive, Beauty Therapy, Digital/Game Design, Hairdressing, Hospitality, Music

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

Available Courses

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 (Dunedin) 24 May
SIT (Southern Institute of Technology) 25 May, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm / 27 August, 10am – 1:30pm
Otiwhiti Station Land Based Training Agricultural School 05 June, 9:00 am – 12 noon.  Click HERE for more information.
Lincoln University (Christchurch) 23 July, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Victoria University (Wellington) 20 August.  Click HERE for more information
University of Canterbury 9 September
Telford Taster Day 27 October (rescheduled date)

University/Polytechnic Liaison Visits

Term 3: 

Most visits will be held in Connexions at SGHS unless specified below.

11 August, 12noon Lincoln University
30 September, sessions throughout the day Otago University course planning sessions
30 September, 11am – 12:15pm Victoria University course planning session

Scholarships Available

NZAS Tertiary Education Scholarship Application Form

Click HERE to download the application form  – closing date for applications is Sunday 31 October 2021

Victoria University Scholarships 2022

Applications for the Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington school leaver scholarships are now open, and applications close on Wednesday 01 September.  Click HERE for further information.

Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT) Scholarships 2022

Keystone Trust – Study Awards/Scholarships 2022

Keystone Trust offers a number of Study Awards/scholarships to school leavers who have circumstantial and financial need, who are heading onto tertiary study specific to a career in property/construction/infrastructure.

As one of the most significant scholarships available to property and construction students in Aotearoa New Zealand, you will receive financial assistance, mentoring and wellbeing support, as well as networking opportunities that are an invaluable part of your learning experience.Each of these scholarships has its own criteria.

Click HERE for more information about Keystone Trust. 

QRC Scholarship 2022


Kick start your positive future with a QRC scholarship worth $13,312!

Imagine, Fees Free for your first year and scholarship to cover your second year of tuition fees.

QRC awards two National Scholarships 🏆

✔ Hospitality Management Student
✔ Adventure Tourism Management student

We are looking for the next tourism superstar and encourage applications from students with a genuine commitment and enthusiasm for the Tourism Industry who can’t wait to study for a QRC Management Diploma at our Queenstown campus.
💡⚡Think outside the box and tell us why your future lies in the Tourism & Hospitality Industry.  You can find out more here.

Submit your your 2022 diploma and scholarship application by Friday 17th September 2021.

Click HERE to apply

Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau Forestry Scholarships

The forestry scholarships aim to increase the number of highly trained people entering the forestry and wood processing sector. Find out about the scholarships, if you’re eligible, and how to apply by clicking HERE.

University of Otago Entrance Scholarships 2022

The following University of Otago Entrance Scholarships for 2022 are now open for applications:

  • Elman Poole Southland Boys’ High School & Southland Girls’ High School Science and Music Scholarship
  • Elman & Alfred Poole Southland Boys’ High School & Southland Girls’ High School Science Scholarship
  • Elman & Alfred Poole Southland Boys’ High School & Southland Girls’ High School Health Sciences Scholarship

Elman and Alfred were sons of Philip Poole, a well-known cabinetmaker and musician in Invercargill in the 1920s. Philip encouraged his sons to get a good education at Southland Boys’ High School and the University of Otago and both graduated in Medicine. Alfred settled in Invercargill where his contribution to cardiology as well as the local community was recognized with a CBE before his death in 2005. Elman specialised in Neurology with scholarships at Oxford University and posts in London at Institute of Psychiatry and National Hospital for Nervous Diseases.

The value of each of these scholarships is $15,000 split over 3 years of study.

Applications close on 16 August 2021. All information about these scholarships, including the application form and the regulations, can be found on the links below:

Science & Music


Health Sciences

Massey University Scholarships 

Please click HERE for further information about scholarships at Massey University.

University of Auckland – School Leaver and First Year Scholarships

If you are going to be a new student at the University of Auckland for 2022, you may be eligible for a scholarship. Click HERE for more information.

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

























Harvey Norman Electrical are looking for a permanent part-time cashier in the Invercargill store.   Some information about the position as per below:

  • Hours: 8-16 hours per weekend / 9 am – 5.30 pm,  or 11 am  – 4 pm
  • Days: Saturday and Sunday (but this can be negotiated if they take on 2 to job share the role)
  • Role: Cashier for the electrical department, Stock handling, General tidying
  • Start: ASAP
  • Attributes: Good social and conversational skills, a team player, honest, trustworthy
  • Anything else : No experience is necessary as you will be trained, Age 16 or older

If you are interested:

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