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Explore your career options

Options with your major

Consult our career planning resource PDFs to research possible career paths. The links we provide give you a background on your chosen career, links to potential employers, and to organisations that can provide you further guidance and advice.

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Self-assessment

Learn what your values, interests, personality type, and skills are – and make an informed choice about your future career.

What is career success?

Get help setting your future goals. Answer our questions to help identify your work and life purpose, and set your future goals.

Access to Pinpoint: computerised career assessment software

Let Pinpoint be your ‘guiding hand’. Receive career suggestions that are aligned with your skills, interests and personality type. This comprehensive programme takes about an hour and a half to complete – with a follow up interpretation with a career adviser.

Contact us to book an appointment:
careers@otago.ac.nz

Access more career assessment resources

Use one of our career assessment tools, to discover where your strengths lie.

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Online career modules

Explore our five online career modules available via Blackboard and gain valuable career development knowledge and skills. Discover how these modules can help prepare you for your future career.

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Research jobs and industries

Visit the following websites to research a variety of jobs and industries:

  • CareerFAQs helps you discover career paths, browse sample resumes and cover letters or to take a free career personality test
  • CareersNZ’s Compare Jobs tool is useful, if you are having trouble narrowing down your choices
  • Compare Study Options is a new interactive tool for comparing earning and employment information for different areas of study
  • Futureintech promotes New Zealand's career opportunities in technology, engineering and science – highlighting employers that hire graduates, providing profiles and videos of professionals discussing their work, and outlining study and financial aid options
  • Glassdoor is a free jobs and career community that offers the world an inside look at jobs and companies
  • GoinGlobal allows you to search for jobs in more than 30 countries and over 50 USA metropolitan areas
  • Graduate Careers Australia- Career planning and resources offers career profiles with job description, qualifications, salary information and job outlook
  • My Futures is a database of occupational profiles developed by Australia's Career Centre. Searchable A-Z as well as by Industry – My Futures also has Career Video Profiles
  • O*NET Occupational Database offers especially detailed information on skills, abilities, and personality traits commonly associated with each job. It also clearly highlights professions with ‘Bright Outlooks’
  • Prospects Job Sector is a UK-based site has information on 20 job sectors including and jobs within the sector, training requirements, employers, trends, etc.
  • Riley Guide is a high quality resource with over 1600 reviewed and annotated links to career and employment information – it also has an Employer research section
  • The CareersNZ - Job Database is New Zealand's official career website with career advice on everything from CVs to Further Education – its Job Database contains over 400 job profiles including job descriptions, entry requirements, job outlook, salary information, associations to join, useful websites and much more
  • Vault.com gives you employer rankings and insider company information, career guides, job database, and much more
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Research companies and associations

Visit the following websites to research companies and professional associations in New Zealand:

Company profiles/databases

Professional associations

Career video websites

Browse videos of professionals talking about all aspects of their jobs:

Employment trends

Visit the following websites to find out about the latest trends in the job market:

  • CareersNZ: What's happening in the job market? contains information on the current labour market, skills shortage lists and much more
  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment gives details about the labour market and skills research
  • Job Outlook's key links page is a collection of links to sites with Australian career and labour market Information, skill shortage lists and vacancies
  • SkillsInfo provides comprehensive data on industry employment trends and prospects in Australia – also provides information and links on the Australian labour market, vacancy trends, skills shortages, regional employment, and education and training
  • NZ Skill Shortage Lists gives you details on what careers are in demand in New Zealand
  • Occupation Outlook provides up-to-date information on all New Zealand occupations listed by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Free app downloadable from the website
  • Regional Economic Activity Tools include a mobile app and present economic data on New Zealand's 16 main regions

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Salary information

Visit the following websites to find out about salary information in New Zealand:

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Start networking with social media

Social media sites like Linkedin are powerful tools for planning your career. Use them to browse the jobs held by graduates in your field, and to establish a professional network. Type in your major into the keyword search to browse the profiles of professionals in your field. You can also search for Groups active in your career area.

Sign up to Linkedin

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In-house resources

The Career Development Centre is your one-stop career resource. Browse or borrow a wealth of resources from our in-house collection of CV and cover letter writing, psychometric testing, interviewing, and career planning books and guides.

Get the assistance you need when planning your course of study and your career. Come in to browse our books and leaflets. Our Career Resource Area is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am - 5:00pm for you to browse through the resources.

Please contact us for more information on our career development resources.

Looking for more career planning advice?

Visit our Career planning pages to find out more about how to plan your future career.

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