We’re passionate about ensuring our students are prepared and excited about their bright futures.

 Our philosophy is founded on two biblical principles:

    1. Students have God-given purpose in life and we can help them explore this (Ephesians 4:1)
    2. Students have gifts and talents that they can grow and use for the benefit of others in the workplace (Matthew 25:14-30) 


Our services

We offer a wide range of Careers Advice Services to guide and support students and teachers, which include: 

  • Careers Centre (Q104) as a point of first contact with a range of take-away resources and advice
  • Career Interviews
  • A variety of specialist courses for students to cater to their unique strengths and interests, e.g. university papers online, one day a week polytechnic courses (‘Futures Academy’), ‘Taster Days’ at polytechnic, short one-three day courses with tertiary providers and industry training organisations
  • Work Experience Placements 
  • A range of guest speakers and experiences in school classrooms and assemblies to extend career concepts
  • Assistance with moving out of school into work or study, e.g. CVs and interview preparation.
  • Liaison reps from all NZ Universities, and some polytechnics, will visit Bethlehem College two -three times per year to assist students with transitioning to study, e.g. Enrolment, Halls of Residence Applications, Scholarship Applications
  • Annual Canvas Careers Expo and Tertiary Awareness Day
  • Resourcing to subject teachers from Years 7 to 13 to assist them in making connections between the classroom and the world of work


More about Careers Interviews:

What could you do when you leave school? What are your strengths? What subjects do you need to take?  What could you do now?  What options are out there?

Students can request an interview with either the Careers Advisor or their Academic Dean. Parents are welcome to attend with their children.

More about Specialist Courses:

  • University Papers: Year 13 students can apply to study one – two university papers in the place of a school subject.  (Subject to approval by Head of Curriculum)

  • Gateway Studies: this course allows students to explore a specific career that is of interest to them via a work experience placement in the community. Students also learn about this career in class time as well as foundational employability skills. This is a full year course and a timetabled school subject. Some examples of careers students may choose to learn about are mechanical engineering, ports and stevedoring, retail and management, agriculture, equine studies, plumbing, construction, electrical, telecommunications, tourism, youth work, healthcare, social services and more.

  • Work Experience Hosts: if your business is keen to host a Gateway Student in 2022, we would love to work with you.  Click here for further information.

  • Futures Academy: full year course where students are in school four days and at Toi Ohomai (or other tertiary provider) one day a week.  Examples of courses include Mechanical Engineering, Construction, Automotive, Forestry, Agriculture, Hospitality & Culinary, Hair and Beauty, Retail, Tikanga Hauora & Health, Exercise and Sport Coaching, and more.

 Career Pathways Lead Team:

Anna ExelbyCareers Advisor
Donnelle Newson
Gateway Co-ordinator
Miriam McFarlaneYear 13 Academic Dean
Michelle JohnstoneYear 12 Academic Dean
Mike GoddardYear 10-11 Academic Dean