Career Education at Paraparaumu College is a whole school responsibility. It is designed to meet the needs of all our students, and involve the local and wider community. Our mission is to assist all students to make informed decisions about their future education, training, and work pathways.


Our Transition and Careers Department team members are available for appointments to talk about your options while you are studying and as you prepare to leave College. Parents are also welcome to attend these appointments.

If you need help with your subject selection you can see Mrs Kelly in the Careers Office, your tūhono teacher, or college deans.

You can email Mrs Kelly or Mrs Marshall to make an appointment or you can request an appointment through Career Central.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Kim Kelly

Head of Department, Careers and Transition

  • Careers Counselling

  • Course Advice

  • Subject Selection

  • Tertiary Liaison

  • Scholarship Assistance

  • Halls of Residence Applications

  • Gap Year and student Exchange

  • Trades Academy

  • Careers Academy Teacher

Contact [email protected] 

Shelley Marshall

Gateway & STAR Co-ordinator

  • Taster Courses

  • Star Courses

  • Gateway Courses

  • Gateway Administration

  • Trades Academy

  • University Liaison, Scholarship & Course Planning Visits

  • Common Confidential Reference Forms

  • MITO for Automotive students

Contact [email protected]

Rawhiti Higgott

Gateway Work Experience Placements

  • Ra finds the workplaces for those who want to experience an industry

  • Takes students to workplace for induction and to purchase gear if needed

  • Visits workplace during placement

Contact [email protected]

Career Development at Paraparaumu College

Career Central


University Entrance And Approved Subjects

University Application Timeline



Get Started On A Trade While Still at School​​​​​​​


Secondary-Tertiary Programmes (Trade Academy)


Helpful Resources