Student Welfare

Careers Department

The Careers Department is located in M1 and the Careers staff are in the offices adjacent to M1, close to the Gernhoefer Administration Centre. All students are able to request one-to-one career counselling sessions which can be scheduled during the school day. Students can make appointments through Career Central  by logging in using their school ID and clicking the pink “mail box”.  Parents can also email the team to make an appointment for their daughter and/or themselves. Email details below. Careers staff are available before and after school, at interval and at lunchtime to assist with inquiries. Parent/caregiver inquiries are also welcome. Appointments can be arranged so that parents/caregivers can attend with their daughter.  All Year 13 students will be interviewed in Term 1 and 2.

Career Bites

Every Wednesday lunchtime we hold a session with different professions, to give students a taste of tertiary study and career options. In March and April 2021, we have the following industries/people featured:

Date Industry Profession Person
3 March Health Nutritionist/ Personal Trainer / Specialist in high-intensity training  
10 March Health Podiatrist  
17 March Health Nurse and Paramedic

Jinny Kim and Bethany Cho

24 March Health 2 x Doctors

Dr Derryn Manga, Middlemore Hospital

Dr Amy Rankin, worked Middlemore/Northshore Hospital in past, this year has moved to Emergency Medicine Registrar.

31 March Creative Industries TV presenter, award-winning journalist and runner-up NZ Idol

Indira Stewart, Newsreader on Breakfast TV One, Runner Up NZ Idol

7 April Health Nutritionist and Personal Trainer

Samantha Chong

14 April Health Nurse working in the Mental Health field



Career Expo

This is an annual event held in June in Auckland. We will have more details of the 2021 event nearer the time.

University Open Days

These are a great way to find out what degrees are available and what campus life is really like. We will upload 2021 dates as they become available.

University Open Days 2021
Tertiary Provider Date Website
University of Canterbury TBC
University of Otago TBC
Waikato University TBC
Victoria University of Wellington TBC
Massey University TBC
The University of Auckland TBC
Auckalnd University of Technology (AUT) TBC

The Careers Department can help students:

  • Explore options for future pathways
  • Find and research resources so they can make informed decisions
  • Form links with tertiary providers
  • Consider alternative pathways
  • Check entry requirements for courses
  • Enquire about job opportunities
  • Prepare a CV and cover letter
  • Improve interview skills
  • Select subjects for future study
  • Apply for University Scholarships
  • Apply for Halls of Residence
  • Apply for overseas universities

Annual Careers Department Events

  • Year 13 Tertiary Evening (Term 1)
  • Combined Westlake Careers Expo (Term 2 held at Westlake Boys High School)
  • Lunchtime Speakers are invited throughout the year from a range of providers, work places and alumni (Career Bites)
  • University visits for enrolment assistance (Term 3)
  • Tertiary Provider Open Days
  • Tertiary Provider Experience Days
  • KATTI for Mā ori students
  • PILOT for Pasifika students

Careers Staff

Rachel Bickerstaffe
HOD Careers and Leadership Development
BA (The University of Auckland), Diploma Teaching (Auckland Teachers College). Graduate Certificate in Career Development (AUT)
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 277

Gemma James
Careers Adviser Diploma in Career Guidance (NMIT)
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 208

Kiri Wilson-Cudby
Gateway Coordinator: See the Gateway Programme for more information
BA (First Class Honours (Diplomacy and International Relations)), LLB, MA (Political Science)
Ph: 489 4169 Ext 205

Friday 9 April

Our Parent Portal is now back up and running.