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Explore your options

Introduction
Career options with your subject(s)

Introduction

For many people, making career decisions is difficult. After all, it is impossible to know all that there is to know about every possible job. However, finding out more about a range of possible occupations can build your confidence, increase your knowledge about different careers and explore how they might link to your individual preferences.

Research is central to this:

  • Online: for example, the ‘jobs database’ section of the Careers NZ site and online graduate vacancy sites, including Massey CareerHub are useful
  • Undertaking work experience of any type, including voluntary work
  • Attending career events: including expos, seminars and employer presentations
  • Networking with people to find out what they do
  • Professional Associations: By joining relevant professional associations you’ll be better able to network with people working in career areas that interest you, make yourself known to them and access advice about employment, trends in the sector and about roles and potential employers.  This networking can occur on-line or through attendance at local and national events hosted by the association – many have very active branch networks. Additionally, many professional associations carry ‘job opportunities’ and ‘work wanted’ sections on their websites, sometimes accessible only to members. Coupled with this, some offer on-line journals which allow you to keep up to date with the profession concerned; discussion forums and details of professional development opportunities.
  • Social media:  Many organisations have a presence on LinkedIn; Facebook and Twitter and use these to engage with their followers. Social media tools are an increasingly important means of building your network of useful contacts, showcasing a personal brand that you create and maintain on-line and of accessing job opportunities.  Carefully and professionally crafted, your on-line presence can attract the type of employers and jobs you want.

This is an interactive website, which showcases over 240 profiled careers in a range of industries in New Zealand. You can browse through its video library and access a career quiz that explores what you are interested in.  Just the Job is produced by Dave Mason Productions and can be accessed here.

Career options with your subject(s)

You may want to use the subjects you've studied to start your career planning, remembering that you are building a range of skills and knowledge throughout your course. Employers will be interested in this and in your wider life skills.

As with all the resources found here, the options with your subjects should only be seen as starting points for generating ideas and exploring your options. Importantly, a significant proportion of New Zealand employers (in common with those in many other countries) accept applications from graduates with any degree subject. Many others have a preference, and some a requirement, for particular subjects.  This will vary from role to role.

No Major Drama: Here users can explore subjects that it's possible to major (specialise) in together with career areas which graduates from these majors commonly enter.

Information for Business students

Massey's College of Business, on the Manawatu campus, hosted a Decision Day event recently. A video of the event can be accessed via the link in the tile below and you'll see that it shows mini presentations on each subject area focusing on the big picture and employability. By accessing the video you'll be able to find out more about the range of majors available through the College - what they involve and the career destinations they could lead to.

Choosing a Business major

See also:

Where are Masseys BBS students.pdf

Information for Humanities students

In the documents below, we outline job titles and organisations advertised on Massey Careerhub over the past few months for students or graduates from the disciplines concerned.

Where are Humanities and Social Sciences students.pdf

Information for Creative Arts students

In the documents below, we outline job titles and organisations advertised on Massey Careerhub over the past few months for students or graduates from the disciplines concerned.

Where are Masseys Creative Arts students.pdf

Information for Science students

In the documents below, we outline job titles and organisations advertised on Massey Careerhub over the past few months for students or graduates from the disciplines concerned.

Where are Masseys Science students.pdf

Occupation outook reports

Occupation Outlook Reports 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Occupation Outlook 2017 resource has been designed to be one of the first places for young people to look when considering possible career options and what their chances are of getting a job once they have finished studying. The occupations profiled were chosen for a range of factors, including their size, popularity, and potential for future growth.  You can access this resource here.

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