Are you …

  • Confused about what to do when you leave school?
  • Keen to find the career directions that are the best fit to your unique qualities?
  • On a career path, but not confident you have made the right choice?
  • Overwhelmed by the endless range of career and training options available?
  • Doubting the choices you’ve made for uni study?
  • Wondering what school subjects to choose, so you don’t limit career options?
  • Feeling disengaged from school?


Why do career counselling?

Counselling with Career Sense can identify the career paths you are best suited to, which makes future planning so much easier. You’ll learn a lot about yourself, and you’ll come away with a plan specific to your individual needs. When counselling is complete, you will:

  • Understand yourself better
  • Recognise which career(s) are best for you
  • Be able to select the school subjects you need to achieve these careers
  • Understand your tertiary study options and their entry criteria
  • Be less stressed, because you know where you’re going
  • Understand the relevance of school study for your future
  • Feel confident about your future

“During my last year of high school I went to three different career advisors, and left feeling frustrated, confused and lost, leaving with arms full of brochures and absolutely no direction. Choosing to use Career Sense was one of the most significant decisions of my life. The meetings were interactive, extremely thorough and totally enlightening. After an initial online questionnaire followed by a one on one session with Jo I left her office feeling relieved to have found a career path that fitted my strengths and interests, and excited and motivated about my tertiary studies. Career Sense was literally a life changing experience”.

Complete the puzzle

What happens during your session?

Your counsellor Jo Davies uses the Smithells® Career Planning System, which is specifically designed for 15 to 30 year olds who need to make decisions about their future career, subjects, tertiary courses and job opportunities.

This system begins with an online questionnaire that get you thinking about yourself from a career related perspective.

Then you’ll work with Jo to identify the career paths that make sense, based on your unique information. This process helps you identify the careers that fit who you are, and being involved every step of the way gives you ownership of the outcome.

During your career counselling session, which is up to three hours long, you will:

  • explore 16 key career-related attributes about yourself
  • develop a clear picture of what matters to you
  • find out what gives you a sense of personal satisfaction

What to expect?

How to make it happen

1. Book an appointment by calling (09) 449-2312. Career Sense is located in Campbells Bay on Auckland’s North Shore.

2. Complete the Smithells® online career questionnaires and forward your Career Information Summary to Career Sense by the date specified when you made your appointment.

3. Attend your face-to-face counselling appointment with Jo at Career Sense. You meet with Jo for about 2¼ hours and then your parent(s) or support person are invited to join you for a further 30 minutes for debrief and discussion.

Questions and answers

How long does it take to get an appointment?
Typically appointments are available within 2-4 weeks, but from June to October appointments are usually booked 4 weeks or more in advance. If you are in Year 13 or wanting to make a decision for the following year, it’s a good idea to book your counselling for the beginning of the year.

How much does an appointment cost?
The fee for the initial appointment is $450, which covers the session preparation and the appointment itself. If you need them, follow up appointments are charged at $150/hr.

What if I need to cancel?
If you need to cancel or change your appointment please let Career Sense know as soon as possible. Like many other professionals, Career Sense charges for appointments cancelled within 48 hours of the appointment. If you don’t provide at least two working days’ notice and your cancellation results in your appointment slot not being filled, you will be billed for the costs involved in preparing for your appointment.

When should a teenager/young adult start the career planning process?
It’s time to start thinking about career planning as you have to make subject choices that could limit your career options. For many students this is either at the end of Year 10 or 11. At this early stage it is not so much about selecting a definitive career, but about identifying likely careers and making sure the subjects you take cover these as you continue your education.

Why is the counselling session up to three hours long?
Unlike many career practitioners, who will see you for one hour sessions over multiple weeks, Career Sense prefers to do one comprehensive session. Most clients comment that the time has flown and didn’t seem long at all. It’s an enjoyable process and it feels great to have concrete outcomes from a single appointment.

Do I need a follow-up appointment?
This depends on the age and stage you are at. If your first appointment is at the end of Year 10 or 11, then you will want to come for a follow-appointment to refine your career choices and subjects in Year 12 or 13 as you learn more about yourself. A follow-up career counselling appointment typically takes 1 to 2 hours. Some people like to touch base throughout their career, and others prefer regular support and backup. Career Sense can accommodate your ongoing needs.

Do you want to get started?
Make an appointment

Call Jo Davies on (09) 449-2312 or use the Contact Us form.

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Making sense of your future

The counselling is so effective that over 90% of clients follow the direction they choose as a result of the career planning, completing qualifications in minimum time and start earning income earlier.

  • Reduce uncertainty and confusion.
  • Increased chance of success.
  • Increased understanding & confidence.
  • You save time!
  • Saved time = saved money.

Contact Us

Address: 70 Aberdeen Road,
Campbells Bay, Auckland 0620
Phone: (09) 449-2312
Mobile: (021) 174-7233
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