Careers Department

The Careers Department is located in the P3 classroom, in front of the Art rooms. At St Dominic’s Catholic College, we are passionate about preparing our students for vocational and academic tertiary success. Every senior student attends a Careers lesson weekly. There is an academic and vocational focus where students complete Achievement and Unit Standards. Gaining soft skill development and the confidence to present effectively are also areas that are covered.
All senior students are able to request one-to-one career counselling sessions which can be scheduled during the school day. Students can make appointments by emailing  Parents can also email the team to make an appointment for their daughter and/or themselves. Email details below. Careers staff are available before and after school, at interval and at lunchtime to assist with inquiries. Parent/whanau inquiries are also welcome and appointments can be arranged so that parents/whanau can attend with their daughter.  All Year 13 students will be individually interviewed in Term 3 and 4.

Career Bites

Every Wednesday during Term 2 Period 4, we hold a session with different Universities, to give senior students a taste of tertiary programmes, pre-requisite subjects required and career pathways for the particular programmes of interest to them. In Term 3 Period 4, we offer Course Planning sessions for the respective Universities that students have enrolled with. Various speakers will be invited to share their work experiences with our students throughout the year. Subjects that speakers will cover include; financial literacy and student loans, how to be a high-performing team member, relationship building and networking skills and customer service aptitude.

Career Expo

In May, the senior school attended the Combined West Auckland school Careers Expo.  This event is open to all West Auckland Secondary Schools to attend in order to discover more information about career pathways, job opportunities and to learn more about tertiary transitions.

Students were engaged with interactive exhibits from various businesses, and they were able to glean information about their tertiary next steps. Some hopped in the NZ Defence Force plane, others were seen completing push-up competitions, wrapping McDonald’s hamburgers, and learning the names of the human skeleton.
The atmosphere was positive and motivational and we look forward to offering this event again in 2024!
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University Open Days

These are a great way to find out what degrees are available and what campus life is really like. We will upload 2023 dates as they become available.

The Careers Department can help students:

  • Explore options for future pathways

  • Find and research resources so they can make informed decisions

  • Form links with tertiary providers

  • Consider alternative pathways

  • Check entry requirements for courses

  • Enquire about job opportunities

  • Prepare a CV and cover letter

  • Provide references (verbally and in writing)

  • Improve interview skills

  • Select subjects for future study

  • Apply for University Scholarships

  • Apply for Halls of Residence

  • Apply for overseas universities

Career Central


Careers Staff
Anna Dykgraaf
HOD Careers
ph: 839 0380
Gay Foley
Gateway Co-ordinator
ph: 839 0380

Contact Us


8am - 4pm


+64 9 839 0380