The University of Auckland was announced winner of the "Best careers Service" at the New Zealand Association of Graduate Employers Industry Awards on 5 November 2015. It was an acknowledgement of the University's Career Development and Employment Services (CDES), the Business School Careers Centre, Engineering and Disability Services. Find out more about CDES and what the team can offer you!
Let our reputation build yours
Choosing the right university and degree programme is your first step towards realising your potential and turning your passion into a career. Perhaps you already know the direction you want to take, or maybe there are myriad options before you. Either way, you want to be confident you’re making the right decision.
Perhaps you’re deciding what degree programme to study, but you’re unsure what career opportunities it could lead to. A relevant and high-quality qualification is your entry to participating in global and local opportunities, and being able to collaborate with some of the best minds in the world.
The University of Auckland has an excellent reputation both locally and nationally. Our Career Development and Employment Services team is award-winning, and we are the highest ranked of New Zealand’s eight universities for Employer Reputation. We are also the only New Zealand university to be ranked in the Global Employability University Ranking 2015.
Find out how we can help you make the right choices for your future career.
Faculty-specific careers advice
Our faculties offers specific career advice and information pertaining to its degree programmes. Check out the information below.
An arts degree can equip you with sought-after transferrable skills that employers need and value such as critical thinking and advanced communication skills.
In the third year of the Bachelor of Arts degree, students have the opportunity to put their skills into practise while gaining both practical work experience and course credits. Find out more about the Arts internship course
Our graduates have secured rewarding careers both nationally and internationally in roles as diverse as: Specialist Archaeologist, Digital Adviser, Policy Analyst, Business Development Coordinator, Ethnic Affairs Adviser, Language Teacher, Communications Specialist, International Relations Coordinator plus many more.
Meet Arts graduate Phil O'Rielly, CEO of BusinessNZ Inc.
Pictured right is Hayden Eastmond-Mein who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Studies; and Film, Television and Media Studies*. He is now a Digital Adviser for the Green Party.
*These subjects are now called Politics and International Relations, and Media Film and Television.
The University of Auckland Business School ASB Careers Centre has a range of information and resources to help you plan and manage your career.
Our aim is to help you find interesting, challenging, and enjoyable work that utilises your skills, talents and the knowledge you have gained as a student at the Business School.
Careers is located on Level 1 of the Owen G Glenn building. You can drop-in between 12 and 2pm during semester time or you can book an appointment with one of our Careers Advisers.
To find out more about the services on offer and access career planning resources, please visit our Careers web section.
Business School graduates talk about their roles with PWC.
Creative Arts and Industries
Creative Arts and Industries graduates have been employed across New Zealand and around the world in their chosen disciplines. While there are plenty who dream of being a full time selling artist, professional musician or dancer, every student's journey is different. Many of our graduates have also gone on to successful careers in roles which require a higher level of training and understanding in the creative arts and built environment fields, be that at a managerial or administrative level, or even inspiring the next generation of creative thinkers.
For more information visit: www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/creative-careers.html
Rose Martin realised her childhood dream to become a ballet dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. A few years into her career an injury caused her to rethink her career direction. She eventually undertook postgraduate studies at the University of Auckland and is now a Lecturer in Dance with the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries.
Education and Social Work
Careers in education, social work, and sport, health and physical education start with a passion for people and a strong desire to pursue a career that makes a difference in people’s lives. These careers are rewarding, challenging and also offer global employment opportunities where no day is ever the same. The Faculty of Education and Social Work is ranked 10th in the world for employer reputation in education* which means our graduates are exposed to exciting opportunities here and overseas with reputable employers.
Recently, the Faculty of Education and Social Work launched a new degree, the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Education. This degree is a springboard into an exciting career in sport, health and physical education. The programme aims to prepare students for a wide range of careers including sport leadership and coaching, dance, health promotion, and professional development.
Graduates of our Social Work programmes go on to work in a wide range of social services settings including health, mental health, disability services, child protection and justice, child and family support services, youth work, substance abuse and support, as well as private practice – each path offering a life of purpose.
*QS World Rankings by subject
The Faculty of Engineering provides a unique range of careers services to students. Our ties to CDES means that you’ll be provided with workshops on CV writing, cover letter, interviews, and job hunting.
Our Employer Liaison Manager maintains close relationships with the field’s industry leaders – this ensures that the next generation of engineers will be ready to contribute to the industry successfully. Each year, we host recruitment events for students to learn about, and network with potential future employers from both local and international companies.
The other services in conjunction with industry that we provide to students include:
- Information events
- Guest lectures
- Engineer Your Career newsletter
- Work experience programmes
- Research opportunities
Read more about our careers services here.
Hear from an Engineering graduate about their role at Beca.
About half of our graduates begin their careers in law firms, both large and small, in Auckland and elsewhere in New Zealand. The rest of our graduates are found in other professional firms (such as accounting or consulting), commerce and industry, local government, government departments, universities, and international and community organisations.
Check out the New Zealand Law Students' Careers Guide or to find out more.
Medical and Health Sciences
As they say, every journey starts with a single step. As a pathfinder in the world of healthcare, before you commit to a specific direction take the time to pause and open your mind to the many exciting options available to you.
Our faculty supports an enormously diverse range of vocations in the world of healthcare - all of which offer possibilities for rewarding careers. Beyond the job titles, many of these vocational pathways can lead to truly extraordinary career opportunities. Taking the time to pause and open your mind to the many exciting options available to you will ensure you can discover and find your true vocational calling.
For example, as a medical sciences researcher, you could be part of a breakthrough that advances the scientific knowledge of the human body in both health and disease, and improves treatment in New Zealand and around the world.
Your career in optometry and vision science can enable you to play a crucial role in primary healthcare, and may lead you toward achieving leading edge clinical, biomedical and vision research.
As a nursing professional you can draw on your extensive clinical experience, critical thinking skills and practical knowledge to assess patients’ needs, and to provide healthcare in a variety of settings.
In a field like population health you could use your knowledge of health determinants to improve the health and wellbeing of communities.
As a pharmacist, you could help improve the health of all New Zealanders by focusing on the optimal use of medicines in our society.
Whilst studying medicine can allow you work in general practice, you can also choose from an array of other specialist disciplines to improve the lives of patients in community settings, rural and regional environments, or in large city hospitals.
For more information visit our pathfinders website
Whether you choose traditional subjects or more pioneering subjects, you will find that science opens up a wide range of career opportunities. Large businesses, small industry, government, teaching and research all offer career opportunities for those holding a Science degree. In addition, Science graduates also find employment opportunities in non-science areas such as business, marketing and writing.
For more information visit www.science.auckland.ac.nz/careers
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