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 Term 3 we have:

Date Industry Profession Person
4 August Mental Health Psychologists Kelly Howard & Dominika Stasiak
11 August Mental Health Social Worker Jamine Heal
25 August Mental Health Mental Health Occupational Therapist  Saffron Sharp
26 August Mental Health  Psychiatrist Penny Yates

Career Expo

This is an annual event held in June in Auckland. We will have more details of the 2022 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 On Campus: Thursday 9 September
University of Otago

Virtual Open Day: Thursday 29 July 3.30 – 7.30pm
Waikato University TBC
Victoria University of Wellington On Campus: Friday 20 August
Massey University

On Campus: Auckland Taster Day, Sat 21 August
Wellington Taster Day, Fri 20 August
The University of Auckland On Campus: Saturday 28 August
Auckalnd University of Technology (AUT)

On Campus: Art & Design Information Day, Friday 16 July
On Campus:  Saturday 28 August
Lincoln University 

On Campus: Friday 23 July 

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

Out-of-zone applications now closed

Out-of-zone applications for enrolment to study in 2023 are now closed. If you have sent in an application, you will hear from us shortly. Applications from students who live in-zone are still being accepted HERE