Take a test at www.mynextmove.org or www.careers.govt.nz to discover a range of jobs to match your interests
Research, research, research – find out what qualifications and experience you need
Get connected – visit industry websites, talk to people you know who work in the field, use social media and the internet to find contacts
Do work experience to help decide what you really want to do
Work it out – with FutureForce's career planning guide.


Take a reality check!

Once you've thought about what you might like to do you need to work out what obstacles may be in the way. If you can identify these early you can manage them if they arise.

Do you have the talent?
This is an important question to ask with any job where your physical body is involved, like sports and creative and performing arts. If you don't have the natural talent to make it in a starring role you might still be interested in working in the industry. To check out different jobs in industries related to your passion visit: www.careers.govt.nz/jobs
How much is it going to cost?
Whatever your dream there is a cost. For example, a tourism diploma will take you two years, cost you more than $10,000 in course fees along and will involve a lot of weekend and shift-work. Do some research to find out what achieving your dream will cost. Check out the study cost calculator at: www.studylink.govt.nz/thinking-about-study/sussed-reality-check.html
Are there jobs there?
Some careers have limited job opportunities like professional sports players, actors or TV presenters. But many industries offering well-paid, interesting work have more jobs than they can fill. Read through FutureForce to discover where these jobs are. They could be in a field you've never even thought of.
Family or cultural expectations
Talk to your family about your career aspirations and their aspirations. If they match, great! If they don't, how can you manage this? Part-time work, part-time study or developing strong hobbies are all possible ways of achieving your personal goals while meeting family expectations.
Do you have the support?
You are responsible for your dream. You are the one who has to dream it, to drive it and make it happen. But you will need the support of others to help you get there.

If you're lucky you have parents who can support you financially, emotionally and practically. Otherwise you will need help from others. Start telling people what you want to do – family/whānau, teachers, friends, friends' parents. You never know who can help.

Check out www.maorifuturemakers.com

The Māori Future Makers website is a simple and interactive tool aimed at encouraging Māori to pursue higher levels of education, training, employment, enterprise and innovation by supporting students and whānau to make more informed decisions about education, training and careers.

The website profiles inspirational Māori, through the use of video and text, and provides lots of useful study options and survival tips, course information, scholarship and iwi funding opportunities.

[Source: Linda Nelson Caie - HR Consultant and Career Coach. For more information check out the latest issue of Futureforce magazine at www.smartwaikato.co.nz or participating secondary schools]


Turn up to work when you're expected to be therePull sickies or just not turn up
Be on timeBe late
Come to work with a clear head and ready to workCome to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Look neat and tidy. Wear appropriate clothing for your workplaceWear ripped, dirty, revealing clothing, multiple piercings or crazy hairstyles
Be prepared to learn – you don't know what you don't knowAct like you know everything – nobody does
Give 100% with all job tasks, even ones you don't likeJust put in the bare minimum of effort or refuse to do reasonable requests
Use your initiative – look for jobs to do without being askedUse your phone or internet for personal stuff during work time
Communicate with people clearly, respectfully and appropriatelySwear-mumble or write in text speak
Look for solutions and ask questions if you need to Turn up for work without attending to your personal hygiene
Do these and it's likely you'll be given more interesting work, get pay rises and climb the career ladderDo these and you may not have a job for long

[Source: Issue Two of Futureforce magazine (at www.smartwaikato.co.nz or participating secondary schools)]

Do and Don't

Did you know that:
Children and young people are less likely to be at risk of getting in trouble or getting hurt if they:
Are actively involved in school, training or a job.
Are recognised for their positive behaviour.
Have a good relationship with their parents.
Have good and positive friends.
Feel like they are worth something.
Are involved in activities in the community, ( sports, volunteering, cultural activities).
Have expectations re: their good behaviour, trying hard at school, helping the family.
Have experience with positive role models.
(from the Youth policing plan 2012-2015)

Did you know that:

Our local principals see a huge connection between students going to school every day and their being able to attain their NCEA level 2 qualification. If you miss one day a week it makes it much harder to get this qualification.

So what you might say?

Well according to the Education Counts & Careers NZ and Census websites: "Earnings increase with the level of qualification completed"

Having Under NCEA Level 1:
48% higher unemployment rate
You may not be considered for an apprenticeships
May have to take courses at correspondence, polytechnic, or Wananga
Usually earn around $16,900 a year

Having a NCEA Level 1:
Could be considered for some military roles
May be considered for some apprenticeships
Usually earn around $16,900 a year

Having a NCEA Level 2:
Usually considered for apprenticeships
Easier to get a job
Earnings increase
Mmay be eligible to be considered an officer in the Navy or Airforce
Usually earn around $21,200 a year

Having a NCEA Level 3:
Earnings increase
Considered for apprenticeships
May be considered for University
Lower levels of unemployment
Usually earn between $21,200-$35,000 a year

Having a Diploma:
Big earnings increase
Significantly less likely to be on benefit
Lowest levels of unemployment
Usually earn from $35,000+ a year

Bachelors Degree:
Usually earn around $50,000 a year

Doctorate Degree:
Usually earn around $69,900