The Careers Centre at De La Salle College has an open door policy, and is available for students to use before school, at morning tea and lunchtime, and after school. It contains information about a wide range of careers and courses and is staffed by Mrs Frances Fannon: Careers Advisor and Mrs Mary Parshotam: Careers Administrator. We provide careers education, information and guidance for students at each level. Our goal is to prepare our students to make an informed transition into further studies or employment when they leave school. Year 12 & 13 students are all interviewed as part of the careers process. Parents can make appointments with the careers staff by phoning 2764319 ext 902 or 903, and are welcome to come in for a meeting.
Some of the programmes and events our students are involved in this year are:
Learner Licence Classes – We are committed to coaching our students through the Road Code in order to support them to gain a Learner Licence. Workshops run each lunchtime and after school in the careers room and all students are welcome to attend.
KATTI –leadership programme for our Maori students
PILOT – Pacific Island Leaders of Tomorrow Programme
NIU Programme – a mentoring and tuition programme run by Auckland University mentors to support our students to prepare for university. For year 13 students.
Tertiary visits – Student For a Day, Experience Days, Open days and evenings, and faculty visits are advertised on tertiary websites and in the careers room.
Weekly seminars presented by industries and education providers. We have many Old Boys who generously return to work with, and inspire our current students.
CV Writing Workshops are offered each in conjunction with Job Search Skills
Tertiary & Scholarship Application assistance is available each lunchtime in Term 3.
Gateway Programme – The Gateway Programme offers students in Year 12 and 13 the opportunity to take part in a school organised work experience programme. This involves one day a week in an industry work placement for approximately 10 days. It offers students the opportunity to experience structured workplace learning in a business or industry of their choice, gain new skills and knowledge and to achieve unit standards that contribute to NCEA. These credits are completed in the workplace or in training workshops.
Gateway offers students valuable learning and pathway opportunities. The programme is an opportunity for students to get a taste of an industry and decide if they are interested in pursuing that career in the future. The Gateway office is located in the L-Block Careers Centre and is staffed by Tori Howell, the Gateway Coordinator.