Careers Department & Gateway Programme

Robyn Bear, Head of Department/Careers Advisor & Marie Paulsen, Gateway Co-ordinator

The Kaipara College Careers department is located in Room 4 (off the atrium) and is open 8.45 am-3.10 pm five days a week (outside these hours by appointment).  We are also open every interval and lunchtime.  Telephone (09) 420 8640 x835.

What services do we provide?

Teaching programmes at all levels

Year 9         Visit to careers room, introductory talk and Planit workbook 

Year 10        Careers module taught through mentoring plus class discussion with careers adviser.

Year 11         Careers lesson – passions/talents/ideals, MB Simpsons personality profile, jobs by interest, compilation of 10 career options

Year 12        Interview with a Careers Adviser plus ongoing support

Year 13        Interview with a Careers Adviser plus ongoing support


Other programmes/activities

Careers Expo Visit – Yr 12/13

Seminar programme – weekly seminars on different topics – Yr 12/13 plus some offerings for Yr 9 – 11s

Maori and Pasifika initiatives and careers days – all levels

A range of experience day visits


Other services offered
  • information on courses/entry criteria for all tertiary institutions
  • application forms for tertiary and help re filling them in
  • scholarship information (money available for tertiary study)
  • student allowance/loan/fees free information
  • youth guarantee information and courses available
  • computer programmes and diagnostic tests to help students decide what careers are appropriate for them:  Career Quest, Career services website
  • CV service
  • job interview information and mock interview appointments available
  • careers facebook page to spread careers information – Careers at Kaipara College


How do students make an appointment?

Students can call in at Room 4 and make an appointment directly with a Careers Adviser or turn up in an interval or lunchtime when appointments are not required. 

 All Year 12 and 13 students will be called up for an appointment in Terms 1-3 to discuss their career pathways and goals.