Secondary School Subject Recommendations 2022

Below are links from four universities that have recommended subjects – the 2022 list is not out yet – 2021 is not out of date according to the universities as nothing has changed. The 2022 will come out later and will be placed on this site.






Graduating High School Checklist NZ

The School Leaver’s Toolkit is a website with advice and resources for finding your way after leaving school.

Occupation Outlook 2017: is an app and website tool launched by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment that uses the latest information available to forecast the employment prospects, cost of training and salaries payable by occupation and sector. It also gives statistics on the number of graduates each year in particular programmes.

School Leaver: this website was created to inform students in their choices after they leave school, whether that’s further education and training or a career path. It provides valuable information for students facing too many options – helping them to be more directed and focused.

School Connect: is another useful resource for students. You can search for study options and careers and take a short 5min quiz to help you see career pathways suited to your interests and personality.

Leaving School – a quarterly magazine with interesting information that will help students as they prepare for life after school, whether they go on to further study, start an apprenticeship or join the workforce.

Top 20 Jobs New Zealanders Should be Studying For: A study using salary data, employment prospects, skill shortages and training positions suggests aspiring engineers, builders, teachers, midwives and panel beaters are off to a great start.

MoneyHub wants to help you know where in-demand jobs are, as well what they pay and how your career can progress. We’ve used government data to support our choices, but understand that this is not science and our information must be treated only as a guide. If you’re on the hunt for an in-demand job and a big salary, the Seek 2018 salary guide gives you some idea. If you are looking for a career that you will enjoy and thrive in, our guide sets out everything you need to know.


Popular Tertiary Organisations

Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT): Future Me Quiz

Auckland University of Technology (AUT): Future career sheets, Subject choices

Lincoln UniversityRecommended school subjects

Massey University: Recommended and required subjects

Otago Polytechnic

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

University of AucklandSubject guide for school students

University of Canterbury (UC): What subjects should I take at schoolWhat can I do with a degree?

University of OtagoRequired and Recommended School Subjects

Victoria University of WellingtonPlanning ahead: school subjects



Tertiary Funding

Guide to Student Loans and Allowances: Student Loans and Allowances explained in this new eBook

Student Loans – The truth about student loans, student allowances, StudyLink and repayments

StudyLink helps students make informed decisions about their tertiary student finance, how to apply for it and manage it online.  This is where you can find out about and apply for Student Loans and Student Allowances.  In order to register, you will need certain information and documentation, such as your Realme verified identitiy, IRD number, bank account details and parents’ income details and evidence (for Student Allowance applications).

Realme: Having your verified identity set up and ready to go will save you time applying for Student Loans and Allowances

MoneyHub, – the ultimate free, easy-to-use and mobile-friendly list of scholarships for 2019’s Year 13 students, visit the MoneyHub Scholarship page

School Connect also has a database of scholarships



Job Hunting

Remember to “Make a Copy” of the templates and save them into your drive first!

CV Template

Cover Letter Template

Ultimate Guide To Passing Any Interview: Interview Skills

Job interview checklist


The following are links to various career tools to help pupils explore potential careers

Careers New Zealand: helping you make smart decisions about work and learning in New Zealand. This site includes interactive tools and a careers database.

Find My Path: Is a tool that has careers catorgorised into vocational groupings that you click on to find out more about and what qualifications you will need

NZ Defence Forces careers: learn more about the different career opportunities within the NZ Defence Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), recruitment procedures and requirements.

Air New Zealand Pilot information booklet and training process

Get Aheadshowcases the Primary Industry as a viable career path for pupils not necessarily from rural backgrounds, and including areas from business and marketing to science and economics.

Get Real: real stories from New Zealand’s multi-billion dollar building boom, and how you can be a part of it.

Just the Job: showcases over 240 careers in a range of industries.

Maori Future Makers: inspiring stories of movers and shakers in the Maori world.

No Major Drama: learn about NZ university majors.

Construction: Explore a wide range of opportunities in our exciting and dynamic construction industry

PondrPondr is a free app that helps you search compare and discover courses and allows you to search a huge number of tertiary providers including universities, polytechnics and private training establishments. “Pondr explore” is an innovative feature which profiles your likes and dislikes, and then highlights courses to consider.

Will a Robot Take Your Job? – there are now a range of tools available to help us navigate the impacts of new technology on the labour market, such as AI and automation.  This BBC website is one such tool which calculates the likelihood of a particular job/role/vocation/profession becoming automated or continuing into the foreseeable future.  Another similar calculator created with US statistics is   Will robots take my job?

Skills Active Aotearoa is New Zealand’s industry training organisation for sport, recreation, exercise, and performing arts. We look after skill development in the sport, community recreation, exercise, outdoor recreation, dive, snowsport and performing arts industries. These industries are full of exciting and rewarding jobs that will equip you with the skills and confidence you need to enjoy a fun and fulfilling career.