Career planning and further study

In simple terms, career planning is the process of deciding on a career, then pointing yourself in the right direction to get there. You're doing a little career planning right now, as you learn about The University of Auckland.

Don't worry too much if you haven't yet pinpointed a career, or if you only have a vague idea of what you'd like to do. Career planning is a bit like doing a jigsaw, and part of your time at university will be spent fitting some of the pieces together. As an enrolled student, you can enlist the help of Career Development and Employment Services.

Our specialised Career Development and Employment Services

Career Development and Employment Services can help you assess your options for postgraduate study, find job vacancies, write a CV, practice interview techniques and more. 

Our careers consultants are professionally qualified to help you identify career options, plan your career, find a job or consider further study.

For more information visit Career Development and Employment Services career planning website

Become a well-rounded individual

Being a part of University activities helps you to boost your CV and get a head start on your career. If you're a budding entrepreneur, the Spark programme can help turn your idea into a real business. You can see the world while you study by applying for the 360° Auckland Abroad programme. Or you could volunteer your services in the community, join a student club or association or even start up one of your own. Employers are interested in every aspect of your life, including what you study and how well you do, what you do in your spare time, what work experience you have, etc.

Keep your study base broad or specialise

Some careers (like law, medicine and engineering) require you to do specific degree subjects, but there are many careers that don't. As you progress in your studies you may develop a keen interest in a specific subject or discipline and wish to take your study in this area further. The Career Development and Employment Services staff can offer guidance on options for achieving your long-term study and career goals.

Finding that great job

Career Development and Employment Services can help you seek out job vacancies, write your CV, complete application forms and practice interview techniques. You can attend job hunting workshops, careers fairs and employer presentations so you'll learn what employers look for and how to present yourself as a great candidate for the job you want.

For further information, visit University Careers Services.

Articles on careers

In January, the Wall Street Journal published results of a new study ranking the best and worst jobs in the USA, according to five criteria inherent to every job: environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands, and stress.

Read the Wall Street Journal article Best and worst occupations in the United States.