School Leavers

Ready to leave Nelson College

Students have researched several career options over their secondary school years and are now making informed decisions on options available to them.

At Nelson College students work to develop plans that link learning, education, and work to move towards their future career goals.

With support, students identify the knowledge and skills required and use the resources available to them to independently secure their next step.

There a number of activities to complete during the year, the  Careers team at Nelson College can direct you to the appropriate seminars, open days, liaison visits, experiences, job opportunities and apprenticeships during the year.

These are well advertised on this site under tab ‘Upcoming Events’, as well as the College Daily notices.

Where are you at?

  • Do you have a plan?
  • Do you have a CV?
  • What is your highest Academic achievement?
  • Do you have, or are working towards gaining your Drivers License?
  • Have you completed NCEA Level 1? Level 2? Level 3?
  • Do you have literacy and numeracy?
  • Are you over 16?
  • Have you had a discussion with some key people in your life? Your Parents/Caregiver?  Dean? Careers Advisor?
  • Do you have fulltime paid work to go too?
  • Have you considered some certificate or foundational level courses at your local Polytechnic
  • Do you have University Entrance – you may consider further tertiary study or heading to University


What can you do about your skills?

The first step is to work out where you are strong, and where you could be better. Once you know where your strengths lie, you can seek employment in an area where you can use your unique skill set.

The skills you already have can be categorized into 2 main areas that Employers are seeking in an Employee.  Follow this link to explore Core Skills and Soft skills

It is possible to improve your skill levels, and achieving a higher level of competence in all core skills will be beneficial, so if you’d like to improve you could seek out learning opportunities which address each specific skill.

Still have no idea what you want to do?

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has created Connected NZ which collects information about jobs, business support, and training from across government agencies. Students can learn what support is available to them and be linked to more detailed information on the right websites. By logging onto Connect to Employment, Education and Training students can link to information on topics such as

· finding a job

· how to write CVs, cover letters, and job applications

· finding training and courses

· making career decisions for school leavers and adults

· hiring new staff such as apprentices

· how to fund your training.

Youth Service can help 16 – 18 year olds with choices

Have you had any thoughts?

Have you talked to your Parents/Caregiver, Careers at school?  What do you think of their ideas?

This Careers site can help with your research

Getting a job

Youth Employment success connects Youth and local Employers

Go follow your dreams!