Subject Choice

Subject choice at school

Not sure which subjects you should be taking at school?

The subjects you take at school will affect how much you enjoy school and the value you gain from each class. They are also likely to impact your options in the future - what future study you can do and the career pathway you chose to follow.

Things you should consider:

  1. What subjects do you like doing now and what are you interested in?
  2. What subjects are you good at?
  3. What subjects do you need for any future careers you may be interested in?
  4. Keep your options open for as long as possible, this could mean that you need to keep taking a subject that you find difficult but will need for your future goals.

Check out Careers NZ - How to choose school subjects.

Subject requirements for university

These vary from university to university and it is important to check these out as early as possible. You don’t want to find out at the start of year 13 that you need to take physics when you did not take it at year 12! See the links below for recommended and required subjects for each university.

Victoria University - Recommended School Subjects

Victoria University - Entrance criteria

University of Auckland - Subject guide

University of Auckland - Rank score guidelines

Auckland University of Technology - entry requirements

University of Waikato - Criteria for Admission

Massey University - Recommended subjects

University of Canterbury - Subject guide

University of Canterbury - recommended subjects

Lincoln University

University of Otago - required and recommended subjects

No idea what to do?

Careers Advice - No idea what to do?
No idea what to do when you leave school? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Not many school leavers actually know what they what to do.
So what do I do now? Explore, research, talk to people. There is lots of help out there.
Have a look at some of these websites to get started then call in to T block or email to make an appointment with
Mrs Wiltshire or Mrs Rogers.

School Leaver - No idea?

What are you going to do when you leave school?  It’s the dreaded question you are likely to be asked more often in your final stages of school than any other. Everyone has a different answer.  We’ve got plenty of useful information and links here at School Leaver, and we can guide you to the best advice and resources to help you.
Info on courses, jobs, places to live, scholarships, student loans, apprenticeships and just about everything you need to help choose a direction to head in.

Careers NZ

Click on the Careers NZ  tools  
link to find work through your options (as illustrated below). Work through the boxes to find ideas that may be right for you before you see Mrs Wiltshire or Mrs Rogers.

CVs and Interviews

Why do I need a CV?

A CV is like you a personal advertisement for you. It is all about your skills, experience, and attitude.

As a college student/leaver you need a CV to send to prospective employees or maybe to apply for scholarships and other opportunities. Generally your CV should be no longer than 2 pages. When writing it you need to think about who you are writing it for.

Presentation is important and creates the first impression of who your are. If you have taken care to make it look good and be easy to read and understand it tells the reader that you are serious about the opportunity. If is is messy and has spelling mistakes why would they want to interview you?

It is usually the first chance you get to make a good impression and you need it to be good enough to get you to the next step.

How to write a CV

Common CV mistakes

  • Spelling mistakes and bad grammar
  • Poor format - it looks bad
  • Incorrect information - make sure your phone number and email address are correct!
  • Not targeted to the opportunity
  • Too long
  • If you are leaving school make sure you use a personal email address and that it is appropriate.
  • Check the message on your cell phone - make sure it is appropriate for a potential employer to hear!

Before you submit your CV make sure you get someone to check it.

Careers Central has a CV builder that many of you have already used.

The Skills You Need To Succeed - Forbes

  • Complex problem solving.
  • Critical thinking.
  • Creativity.
  • People management.
  • Coordinating with others.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Judgement and decision making.
  • Service orientation.


Check out Careers NZ interviews section to find out about:

  • Interview preparation
  • Tips for answering interview questions
  • Questions you can ask at an interview
  • Tests you may need to do
  • What next

Top tips for interviews:

  • Dress right
  • Be on time!
  • Tell the truth
  • Ask questions
  • Be prepared!

Top 10 most commonly asked interview questions (according to JETmag)

Tell me about yourself…

Why should we hire you?

Why do you want to work for us?

What do you know about us?

Describe a time you were in a difficult situation and how you overcame it?

What is your biggest weakness

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

What is your biggest strength

Do you have any questions about us or the job?

You should have an answer for each of these before you go into an interview.

Check out Seek for First Time Interview Tips