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GirlBoss Edge: Engineering, Technoloy, Innovation

An Online Career Accelerator 

Who: Young women aged 15 – 18 who are passionate about a career in Engineering, Technology, or Innovation

What: Fully Funded 10 Day Leadership Accelerator (100% online)

When: 5th – 14th of September 2020

Total time commitment: 10 – 20 hours

Cost: 100% free thanks to the RUIA Fund, Orion Group, and InternetNZ. 

More information here

Apply here

GirlBoss Awards

We are on a nationwide search for young Kiwi women (aged 11 – 18) creating change in their communities.

 We have a GirlBoss category for every passion, so nominate a GirlBoss in your life or apply for an Award today.

Hands On Otago

Experience a week at Otago University in the summer holidays.

10-15 January 2021

Those who are currently in Year 11 or 12 can apply.

There is a range of programmes covering science, humanities, business and health sciences.

STAR can assist with funding.

More information here

ARA Christchurch Updates

Upcoming Application Closing Dates for 2021 Study 




Our Virtual Open Week included over 30 presentations about the various study options available at Ara. These presentations were all recorded, and are now available along with the virtual tours for your students to check out if they missed the event. Click here to view.

Ara Student Accommodation – Otautahi House 

Otautahi House is located right next to our City Campus, and is a great option for students thinking of moving away from home to study at Ara!

Applications can be made all year round. Preference will be given to those who apply before 31 October.

Application information and form

More information here

Massey University Art courses portfolios

Massey University recognises that this is a challenging year due to COVID-19. They have been working on changes to application processes for Design, Fine Arts and Māori Visual Arts to make things easier.

They are expanding our automatic entry for 2021 to students who have attained Merit endorsement overall in NCEA Level 2 including 1 approved Art or Technology subject. Please note this is applicable for 2021 enrolments only at this stage.

When your students apply online and are asked to upload a portfolio, they can either upload their NCEA results, or upload a note that says “I qualify for automatic entry”—we’ll verify it with NZQA.


Normally, students are encouraged to apply before October 1st, and where possible, applications for Fine Arts are appreciated before this date due to the follow-up interview process required.

For 2021, they will be accepting applications until 1 week prior to the beginning of semester 1 for all of our programmes, to allow students time to focus on NCEA.

Massey University Q and A Webinars

Massey University presents Ask Me Anything, an interactive webinar series.

Each webinar has a panel of current students and graduates talking about their journey with Massey University. Students ask these experts and leaders about their experiences of what worked and what didn’t in their study and career journeys.


The webinars available are:

Click here to find out more about our panel members.

For the Ask Me Anything webinars REGISTER HERE

Victoria University Updates

Degree Information Sessions – online

Victoria University invites students for online degree sessions to learn more about the undergraduate degrees they offer and to explore career pathways.

Session 1: Law and Business, and People and Society
6–7.30 pm, Tuesday 30 June 2020

This session will cover Arts, Commerce, Communication, Education/Teaching, Law, and Music.

Session 2: Technology and Design, Science and Discovery
6–7.30 pm, Wednesday 1 July 2020

This session will cover Architecture, Biomedical Science, Building Science, Design Innovation, Engineering, Health, Midwifery, and Science.

Students can register to attend these sessions on the website.


Course Planning Sessions

Shanna from Victoria will return to Iona in Term 3 for individual course planning.

For students who cannot attend our scheduled course planning sessions, we can offer course advice by phone, video call, or in person at our Wellington and Auckland offices. Student can book an individual course advice appointment online.


Open Day – on campus

Victoria will be hosting their Open Day on Friday 21 August. Students will have the opportunity to explore study options, tour our campuses and halls, attend sample lectures, and experience student life at the University. In a change from previous years, they will run course planning sessions on Saturday 22 August at the Pipitea campus. Students can register to attend Open Day on the website.

UC Scholarship Applications now open

It’s nearly halfway through the year, which means it’s time for you to take your first steps to securing a place at UC in 2021.

Applications for prospective student scholarships are now open, with Student accommodation applications opening in August. Both of these require you to write a Personal Statement. 

Writing a great Personal Statement is important. You need to sell yourself, and to do that you need to identify what makes you different. Every school has sports captains, head students, and high achievers – how will you stand out from all the others?

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Make a list of your strengths and achievements
  • Think about how you’ve shown leadership
  • List your after-school activities, jobs and/or interests

Now take all the information you’ve listed and use it to create your Personal Statement. You may want to get a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) opinion from your Careers Advisor, teachers, whānau, or friends.

When you submit your applications make sure you edit, revise, and refine your statement to match the scholarship or hall of residence you are applying for.

If you’d like some more advice on personal statements and preparing your scholarship application, register for one of our free upcoming online scholarship webinars (6-22 July) or attend the a scholarship session if we present one at your school.

Register for a Scholarships Webinar

Also, don’t forget to register for our Rā Tōmene | UC Open Days online on 9 July or on-campus on 27 August to learn even more!

Ngā mihi

Alana Batcheler

UC Liaison Office | Te Rōpū Takawaenga

GirlBoss Edge: Sustainability and Primary Industries

Another exciting opportunity from GirlBoss Edge!

Who: Young women aged 15 – 18 who are passionate about a career in the Primary Industries. This includes Sustainability, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Policy and more! 

What: Fully Funded 10 Day GirlBoss Edge Leadership Accelerator (100% online)

When: 11th – 20th of July 2020

This is in the July School Holidays and the total time commitment is only 1 – 2 hours a day.

Cost: 100% Free, thanks to the Ministry for Primary Industries 

It takes only 10 minutes to apply, so sign up today! Applications close 08 July.

Apply here

The Future of Work


What the Workforce of Tomorrow Looks Like
Predictions and key trends

The following is an extract from “ING Future Focus: Preparing for the digital workforce of tomorrow” 
Published May 2020


• Robots join the team – digital connectedness will thrive, from robots and drones utilised in healthcare, to tech connecting people who are separated.
• STEMpathy will get you hired – whilst some machines might take over old jobs, emotional intelligence is not something that can be programmed. It will be important for people to have multiple skill sets that combine creativity and entrepreneurship with digital technologies.
• Eco companies will lead the way – as we look to tomorrow, businesses that focus on sustainability, renewable energy and carbon neutrality will be the leaders of our new economy.
• EdTech the new normal – within schools and workplaces we will continue to gain access to world-class mentors and teachers through hybrid education models that fuse virtual learning with face-to-face.
• Your wellbeing is the priority – we will see workplaces place greater emphasis on mental health and wellbeing, including access to online therapy, mediation apps and dedicated wellbeing spaces.
• A home office will be common place – as more workplaces offer the opportunity to work from home, we will see a rise in those looking to build or buy properties with home offices.
• Those who can adapt quickly will thrive – whilst niche skills will still be needed, it will become increasingly important for people to diversify their skill sets and continue to learn outside of traditional education to ensure they are flexible and ready for change.

Top 10 Growing Industries

1. BioTech, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences 2. Cyber Security 3. Healthcare 4. Robotics 5. Agriculture 6. Renewable Energy 7. Sustainability and Wellness 8. Grocery Delivery 9. EdTech 10. Digital Entertainment

Top 20 Emerging Jobs

  1. Medical Tele-Storyteller
  2. Financial Coach
  3. Black Swan Risk Manager
  4. Agricultural Technologist
  5. Sustainability
  6. Industrial Robotics
  7. Executive Creativity
  8. Cyber Security Defender
  9. Digital Literacy Coach
  10. Nurse
  11. Digital Ethicist
  12. Supply Chain Re-Designer
  13. Business(War)games Designer
  14. Transformation Manager
  15. Business Model Re-Designer
  16. Trust Officer
  17. Artificial Resource Manager
  18. Scaleable Psychologist
  19. Home Office Interior Designer
  20. Survival / Prepper Mentor

View full report here.