The Careers Department at Sacred Heart College provides a range of opportunities and experiences that encourages students to make informed choices about their future career pathways.

We provide a professional careers service that has a well-resourced careers classroom from Years 7 to 13. Career education is an integral part of developing students' career management competencies.


DreamCatcher is the vehicle from which students start their career journey. This is a web-based student-centred career management system. It allows students to make subject choices, record ideas about their future intentions, set goals (academic, personal, careers), develop self-management skills and investigate career opportunities, among many other things, as they work out the best pathways for themselves.

It is accessible to students and their parents or guardians/caregivers and staff from any device that connects to the Internet. The calendar on the DreamCatcher software notifies students and parents of upcoming careers events throughout the country and important dates for applying to tertiary institutes. DreamCatcher is one valuable aid for the career process.

The Careers Department maintains and develops partnerships with industry and tertiary providers. We provide the following services to students:

  • Career education programmes (Years 7 to 13)
  • individual or group Careers Counselling (parents are welcome to attend)
  • assisting students when transitioning from school to work or training
  • interviews skills, CV writing, preparation for applications to University or Polytechnics
  • one-on-one interviews from Year 10 onwards when selecting subjects
  • co-ordinating visits to open days, student for a day, experience days
  • provision of specialist speakers from industry or tertiary institutes to provide up-to-date information to students
  • annual Careers Evening - Tuesday 6 August 2019
  • tertiary scholarship advice
  • work exploration/shadowing
  • specialist programmes for Maori and Pasifika from outside providers
  • StudyLink and IRD information sessions
  • Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR).

STAR funding is an additional allowance from the Ministry of Education that gives students the opportunity to transition from school to tertiary or employment. Students from Year 11 onwards are able to participate in additional programmes run by Sacred Heart or from outside tertiary providers at the discretion of the Careers Head of Department in conjunction with parents, staff and Deans.

We currently have partnerships with the following providers:

  • Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Site Safe
  • Unitec
  • Music Audio Institute of NZ (MAINZ)
  • Techtorium (PC Engineering)
  • International Travel College
  • Action for Survival
  • The University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • Taratahi
  • Queenstown Resort College

STAR courses range from motor industry trades, engineering, CAD, software/hardware computing, hospitality, travel and tourism, audio engineering, sports leadership, stage one university papers in Mathematics and Economics.

Recommended subjects for NZ Universities

University of Auckland
University of Waikato
Massey University
Victoria University
Canterbury University
Lincoln University 
University of Otago

Careers Department Staff
Mrs Kate Harvey
Dip Applied Social Services (Career Practice)
2009 Inaugural AUT Career Advisor Excellence Award           
Head of Department


Mrs Sheryl James Careers Department Administrator