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Years 10, 11 & 12 Subject Selection and Career Planning

posted 24 Aug 2017, 19:00 by Debbie Stevens   [ updated 24 Aug 2017, 19:01 ]

Change of dates for the subject selection process

If your daughter is currently in Year 10, 11 or 12, she will be emailed a link to make her online subject selection choices on Monday 16 October (later than previously advertised). This will need to be completed by Friday 27 October (also later than previously advertised). If you have any questions about the subject selection process, please email

Careers Information

Term 3 brings with it an opportunity for students to apply their career management competencies. With the onset of subject choice selection at senior level for Years 10, 11 and 12, students will be encouraged to apply what they know about themselves to assist them with their investigations in relation to exploring future career pathways. 

Career planning requires a degree of personal research. Our pastoral programmes have been designed to assist and guide the students in this focus. In line with this, there will be career and subject pathways presentations for year levels supported by members of the Leadership team, the Careers Advisor, Heads of Department, Deans and Form Teachers to further aid the girls in their thoughts for the future. 

Last term, Year 11 students received a Subject Choice and Career Pathways Planning Resource during their Career Education sessions, which will assist them in this process. Year 10 students have also received a similar resource when they began their Career Education focus this term. This booklet also contains advice for parents around having career conversations with their daughters, a copy of which is included below. Please make sure you read and discuss this resource with your daughter. 

Years 10 & 11 students are to be scheduled for a personal ten-minute interview with a team of staff who personally relate to them vocationally. This is a time where students will be able to discuss their ideas and hopes in relation to future career pathways, their present options, and clarify questions they may have in relation to subject choice next year. These interviews will take place in the upcoming weeks.
Other publications which we distribute to the students to assist them in their journey of exploration include our own Waikato Diocesan Senior Options Guide and the Waikato-based FutureForce Magazine which has a wonderful amount of information, case studies and advice for students around making career/course decisions. We strongly advise students to make regular checks on course pre-requisites outlined for tertiary study at individual tertiary institutions as these are being constantly reviewed by the institutions. Keeping up to date ensures career pathways are kept open and within reach through good subject choice decision making. 

All senior students should have developed a well-organised study plan to ensure they are well prepared for internal assessment and the upcoming examination period this term. They need to work with focus, across all of their subjects, so that they are as confident and prepared as they can be to do their best at the end of the year.

Subject Choice Selection Conversations
Advice for parents/caregivers

When to talk careers with your daughter
Being responsible for guiding your daughter towards their future career can feel overwhelming and can also be frustrating when she does not listen to you or take your advice. To get the best results out of any career discussions with your daughter, pick times when you are both relaxed. If your daughter is not interested, or if there is any tension between you, it's better to try again another time.

Helpful hints for having a career conversation with your daughter:
● Start conversations with general questions. That way your daughter won't feel like you are on her case, or that she has been backed into a corner. You can then explore a wide variety of ideas without putting pressure on her.
● Once you've talked generally, ask questions to get her to focus on herself. Explore her interests, things she is good at and her personal values.
● If your daughter does not have a career idea in mind, ask her to define broad areas of interest, then encourage her to investigate options related to each area.
● Discuss what your daughter needs or wants from her career. Attitudes towards money, security or self-development may help to identify career options.
● Encourage any activity that develops skills. Many important skills that employers are looking for are developed at school. Skills are also gathered from part-time work, holiday jobs, and leisure activities involving sports and arts.
● Discuss subject choices with your daughter each year. Would she rather keep her options open? Or if she has a career in mind, what are the best subjects for her to choose?

What to avoid
● Don’t impose your ideas - instead, ask questions to clarify an issue. For example, “This is a desk job, but you said that you would like to meet different people all the time? Does that matter?”
● Don't discourage your daughter with comments such as "That's not right for you". This will push her away. Instead, explore the reasoning behind her career decision, and help her find out for herself if it is the right choice.
● Don't push the conversation if your daughter is not responding.Try another time instead. It's also good to let your daughter know that you're always available to talk if she needs to.