Student Career Advice

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Students making decisions about their future career path are offered a comprehensive career exploration and assistance plan. Over 2 sessions, we identify key personal career factors, career options, assist career decision-making and help you plan the initial steps of your career path.

Sometimes a student requires more career guidance than what their school is able to provide them. Students from many major Auckland schools have benefited from our services including some from Auckland Grammar School, Epsom Girls Grammar, Kings College, Baradene College, Diocesan School for Girls, St Peter’s College, St Kentigern’s College, St Cuthbert’s College, Rangitoto College and Glendowie College.

1. Identify key personal career factors
We identify the following career purpose and success ingredients:

  • Values – structured discussion and a priority-finding exercise identifies occupational, workplace, and relational values.
  • Interests – the Work-interests Inventory, a modified version of Holland’s famous SDS-R career assessment, highlights what interests you about work and assists in brain-storming occupations and options for you.
  • Skills – a card-sort exercise helps identify what skills you prefer to use and your competence in each.
  • Personality type – the MBTI assessment identifies your preferred style of relating to others, information-processing, decision-making and organisational structure. This highly-researched personality tool is useful in indicating possible occupations and options for you, as well as, helping you to understand how to enjoy work more.

2. Identify career options
The information from the career-exploration phase is then used to help identify occupational options that would help you work towards a satisfying and fulfilling career.

We use four different methods to explore career options: Interest-occupation tables, Myers-Briggs occupation tables, Adjacent possibilities and Themes. After identifying options, a period of research and exploration to confirm the viability and appeal of these options is helpful. This may include online research, informational interviewing, shadowing, volunteer work, networking and mentorship.

3. Decision-making
For some people, the first two phases may lead them to an obvious choice. However, for others structured career-decision making can be very useful particularly when decision-making is complicated by influences such as risk-adverseness, high career investment, or a potentially significant occupational change. Your consultant can assist and instruct you with a Career Matrix analysis, a systematic SWOT analysis or a focused discussion.

4. Career Plan
Lastly, we assist you to develop a solid action plan to achieve your career goals. For example, a plan could involve identifying strategies to transition between industries/sectors or occupations, choosing the best training courses, developing job opportunities or overcoming barriers in the way. Outlining possible steps along the way makes goals far more achievable. Our plans are always flexible and can sometimes have multiple possible goals – because life is never entirely predictable.

NUMBER OF SESSIONS: Two sessions are generally required for this comprehensive career planning process (eg Initial 2-hr session followed up by a 1-hr session).

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