Careers Programme

Otahuhu College is committed to helping students explore different career options.  Students can make an appointment to speak with Careers Staff and attend many varied and interesting events throughout the year.

Career interviews for senior students are still available by emairequest to Ms Anila Sudhakar at:



Thursday 13 February 2020 

On Thursday evening, Taeao PACE and Sela TAUKAFA were honoured at the MIT Scholarships Awardees function. Both Teaeo and Sela will be studying Nursing. They were accompanied by many other recipients from other schools, and their families. 


InWork, 12 Mahunga Drive, Mangere 0800 500 233 can assist Pasifika school-leavers through their Tupu Aotearoa programme for two years and possibly longer, with their pathway planning, and in overcoming barriers to work or study such as a need for a CV, driver license etc. Ms Cusack also forwards on to InWork, any job offers she receives. 


Kelly Services 0800 453 559 contact Milika , and Alignz Recruitment 279 9984 contact Sara , are keen to assist Year 13 school leaver students with part-time, temporary holiday work and full-time.  

Student Job Search is another way for school-leavers who have enrolled for study beyond secondary school, to find part-time, one off and casual work by registering online or phone 0800 757 562 for queries.  


Ms Cusack and other school staff may contact you before daylight saving ends in March, to enquire if you need any further assistance/information, and to check if you are in work or study. Or you are welcome to advise Ms Cusack or Mr Finau of your situation. 


Seven Year 13 school leaver students attended this Job Expo on Thursday 7 November at the Auckland airport, with actual employers interviewing the students, mainly for holiday work. The students were fortunate enough to be able to take part in this opportunity.

 Jonathan George, Faizah Khan, Francis Khan, Francis Prakash, Camilla Roberton, MJ Tangata, Unaloto Uilou and Taulago Vaele 

Faizah Khan won a spot prize, and Jonathan George may have his photo published in an ARA publication. 

Students of the Services Academy participated in the new Drivers licence programme, which is organised collaboratively by the Ministry of Education / Auckland Chamber of Commerce / Ministry of Social Development. This was free of charge to the students, and all were successful in gaining their Learners licence. 

Participants, were

Major Henry, Shane Lavasi, Daniel Lealaiauloto, Keleni Mafi, Thor Rangi, Jonathan Tukuafu and Kisione Veamatahau. 

Year 10 KATTI Career Development Programme

This week on Thursday 31 October, seven (7) students participated in the Year 10 KATTI career development programme for students with Maori heritage. This year it was held at MIT North Campus. The students were: Renata King, Elena Pele, Kiscera Satani, Sarah Tawhara, Liliy Tupou, Ricky-Lee Tupou and Tracy Williams. 

Otahuhu College has been fortunate to have more part-time work offers for students this year, with successful outcomes.  As well, employers are also offering more full-time job opportunities for school leavers.

Preparation for a CV for work or a scholarship application, has been provided mainly by STRIVE Youth Services, with some assistance earlier in the year by Solomon Group.  In addition STRIVE initiated Skills WorkChoice coming in on selected Fridays after school, to deliver their ‘Skills To Make It’ programme based on the seven skills employers want: Positive Attitude, Team Work, Communication, Willingness To Learn, Self-Management, Resilience and Thinking Skills.  The last 2019 workshop will be held Friday 4 November.

On 30 July, a Dean’s nominated group of students were invited for the first time, to the Totara Hospice Youth Ambassadors Day. The following students participated:  Shamis Abaid, Nerissa Felise, Ofa Kauvaka, Lomalani Seiuli, Sonia Shah, William Taringa.

Skills Workchoice also held an Industry Day on Thursday 22 August. Ten students participated in as many interactive opportunities as time permitted. Zelsha Khan and Eufalesia Oetel (pictured right) won a prize for their efforts.

Also a Women In Trades event was held that evening at a separate venue, and Zetrina Siana-Weil, participated in this.

On Saturday 31 August the University of Auckland held the annual Courses and Careers Day and 14 students from those nominated by the Year 10 Dean, took the opportunity to catch the free bus along with the senior students for their Orientation session.

On Saturday 7 September, five students accompanied the University Navigator, Say Srisawat, and Ms Christine Cusack, to the UNITEC Open Day. All enjoyed the very informative sessions and being hosted by a former student, John Taufa, now a Schools Liaison person there.

Full attendance this year at the Year 11 KATTI career development and leadership programme, for students with Maori heritage held at the University of Auckland Marae.  Participants were: Abus Alfridi, Trinity Esau, Fresia Falani, Logan Mahara, Tawhirimatea Mua-Crosby, Mauritius Ranguia, Taihana Tuirirangi Tekoau and Leah White-Taumaunu. A photo of one of the workshops is shown.

Only two students made it to the Year 11 Pacific Island Leaders of Tomorrow (PILOT) this year (Metalaina Tuialii and Mose Tuialii) due to the popularity of the programme, (and students at other schools getting their permission letters in ahead of us). A photo of one of the workshops in a ‘Speed Meet the Interviewer’ exercise is shown.