I'm at school and need ideas

Find out how to plan your future while at school.

Not sure what to do next?

We answer your big questions if you still don't know what to do when you leave school, you have too many options or your parents don't approve of your choices.

Thinking about leaving school?

There are many things to consider when you leave school before Year 12 or Year 13.

Combine NCEA and tertiary or trade study

Discover the many ways you can combine tertiary, trade and NCEA studies, and get work experience – whether you're still at secondary school or have already left. Options include STAR, Gateway, trades and service academies, Youth Guarantee Fund programmes and Flexible Partnerships (SAC 3+2).

Taking a gap year

A year off, or gap year, after secondary school is becoming more common in New Zealand. Find out what you can do during your gap year, and the advantages and disadvantages of taking time out.

Work experience options

Find out about the types of work experience you can do.

Step-by-step guide to getting work experience

Applying for work experience is very similar to applying for a job. Follow these steps to get work experience.

Talking to parents about careers

How to answer your parent's questions and fears about your career.

Updated 12 Jul 2018