Careers programmes are aimed at ensuring the girls are knowledgeable about how to access careers-related information and are able to make a confident entry to the next stage of their education or the workplace.
All students in the Senior School have a special Careers Unit or Module taught by the Careers Adviser. In Year 11 the focus is on increasing students’ self-awareness. Students are encouraged to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and the attributes they wish to develop further. The focus of the Year 12 programme is to explore opportunities and to begin preparation for the transition from school to tertiary study and the work place. Year 13 is a time for making decisions and taking action. To that end goal-setting and action planning activities are provided.
All Year 13 students are interviewed and encouraged to develop a Career Plan. We wish to see all our senior students leave well informed about the world of work, tertiary courses, course pre-requisites, necessary qualifications for careers, how and when to apply for tertiary courses, well prepared for interviews and with up-to-date curriculum vitaes.
Old Girls and friends of Columba are invited to speak at special assemblies or the biennial ‘Careers Show Case Evening‘ about their tertiary courses and careers. Students and parents receive information about events such as the annual Otago Careers Festival and tertiary information days. The Careers’ Adviser is always available to speak individually with any student or parent.