Are you looking for a rewarding career?

Choosing a career

Great careers bring together many things: your passion, your skills, and opportunities to do something useful, gain experience and learn new things.

Some tips for choosing a great career:

  • 1.

    Find your

    We all have things we enjoy doing: making things, working outdoors, being creative... Think about what excites you.

  • 2.

    Identify what
    you're good at

    Everyone has skills. Look at what you've already achieved in life - big and small. Then identify the skills that got you there.

  • 3.

    Do your

    Talk to our Competenz careers team (0800 526 1800), a schools careers advisor and people doing jobs you're interested in. Check out the Careers NZ website.

  • 4.

    Volunteer for
    work experience

    It's a great way to check out a career, gain some skills and build your networks. And if you shine, you may even get a job offer.

  • 5.

    Make a

    Bring it all together in a plan: what do you need to do to make your chosen career happen?

Our Competenz industries offer rewarding careers

Trade skills are in demand. And the trades offer lots of opportunities: to have an interesting career, to travel, and maybe even to own your own business.

Got a Trade!


We’re right behind national Got a Trade Week - a campaign of events and activities around the country that celebrate trades careers. Find out more here: