Setting career goals

Start thinking now about where your degree could take you after you graduate.

Deciding on a career

Making good decisions about your future starts with knowing yourself. Think about your skills, your interests and the values that are important to you.

There are excellent interactive tools and resources available through Careers New Zealand that can get you started thinking broadly about careers that might suit you.

Choosing your degree and career

Choosing what to study can be complicated. Everyone is different—some people study to help them get a particular job, while others want to keep their options open and study something they are fascinated with.

If you haven’t worked out what you want to study yet, there are many different ways to get started.

Places to start

  • Look at the potential careers information for each degree.
  • Look at the career information under your subject.
  • Watch the video for some suggestions for what to think about.
  • Exploring the types of jobs that might suit you—make a list of your interests, skills and values.
  • Get advice and talk to people you know about their jobs and experiences.

Get careers advice

Our Careers and Employment team can help you explore your career ideas, and the career implications of your study choices. They can provide details for specific jobs, information on different employers and suggest postgraduate courses.

It is run by experienced professional careers staff (all advisers are members of the Career Development Association of New Zealand).

Career workshops and seminars

Regular workshops and seminars are run on a wide range of career topics, including CV writing and interview preparation.

Career development tools

Check out our career development tools, to help you on your way. Find out what you can do with my degree and get access to a comprehensive library and internet resources.

I try to go to career evenings whenever they are on, because the best thing is hearing people describe jobs, and seeing myself there, and thinking 'Yes! That's exactly it!