Westlake Boys’ High School

Careers Department


Students can access our internal ‘Careers’ site via:

Mrs Renton-Rooney – Careers Counsellor HOD Careers Department

Mrs Heta –        Careers Counsellor / Gateway Manager

Mrs Norfield  – Careers Practitioner / Gateway /Apprenticeship Specialist

We are located upstairs in the new gym at gate 4


Student Careers Booklet

Parent Careers booklet


‘Develop your own career pathway’



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‘Westlake Boys High School Careers Department’

 Get Notifications: The best way to keep up with careers-related news and info – tertiary presentations, uni open days, apprenticeships, part time jobs etc. Anything happening in school and out of school which may interest students will be posted here.


Career Counselling at Westlake Boys High School and the value of seeking an individual session

It is easy to feel confused when it comes to what type of career path to choose. With so many choices in jobs today, career counselling can be a step in the right direction as far as pinpointing what career to focus on. Having a professional support you to recognise your strengths, values and goals can help you identify the steps needed to reach important goals along the way as you explore your career options.

It is important to keep an open mind, to allow yourself to use your time at school wisely and to explore many different ideas within careers. Be proactive in using the resources available to you, attend presentations held in the careers department, open days and high school focused university open days.  Junior students are also encouraged to seek career counselling early before selecting their senior NCEA or CIE subjects. With universities tightening up their entry criteria and introducing rank scores, it is now more important than ever to have the correct subjects for your career goals.

Secondary students find that having a career plan and a goal to work towards gives school extra value and makes subjects more relevant.

The WBHS Careers Department provides you with information on the following:

  • Degree/diploma courses – how to design your own degree or course plan
  • Pre – degrees / foundations courses and how to staircase degree structure
  • Certificate and diploma options and stair-casing
  • University entrance requirements – what you will need to gain entry to specific courses
  • University entrance to limited entry courses – making sure you have the required ‘university approved subjects or any specific subject criteria.
  • School subject selection for your degree plan
  • Entry to Armed services, police & trades courses
  • University Fees Scholarship information
  • High School Student exchange or Gap Year options
  • Study Oversea’s – entry requirements (ACT and SAT tests), applying for international universities
  • Info on Health Sciences – Medicine entry & UMAT(undergrad medical admission test)
  • Gateway – is this an option for me?

Trades / Apprenticeships and Employment

  • Information on Polytechnic / Trades courses
  • Seeking apprenticeships – skills required
  • TEC fully funded courses for students with low credits
  • Youth Guarantee Programme for 16 – 18 year olds , 6- 12 month government funded scheme that assists students into certificate programmes, trades or employment
  • How to write a great C.V., cover letter and interview skills – what skills employers are seeking.

Information on:

  • Open Days – the main tertiary providers for Auckland students i.e. Auckland/Massey/ Otago Universities, AUT, UNITEC, hold information days on campus.
  • Information days and evenings for students to experience lectures and informative sessions on particular areas. -In school presentations from employers, ex-students, Industry training providers, Individual University visits.

STAR Courses

  • STAR courses are offered to Year 12 and 13 students as a way of exploring possible career options. These are between 1 – 4 days. For example: First Aid, ATC – Pre-Military/Police, Animal Care, Introduction to Audio Engineering, Barista (coffee making certificate), Game Design, PC Engineering and Photography to name a few. See Mrs Norfield for more information on these.


Click to download Careers Check list for Seniors