Career Information


Otago Polytechnic Information Evenings

Veterinary Nursing
Our open day is an ideal opportunity for any students who have a passion for animals to come along and explore a rewarding career in veterinary nursing.  Students will enjoy a tour of our modern facilities, hanging out with our resident animals and learning about the role of a veterinary nurse.

Tuesday, August 1
9:00am to 12:30pm
N Block, Albany Street

Please note limited places are available.

Engineering Trades Information Day
Participants will learn all about our Level 2 and Level 3 engineering trades programmes. Entry is free and lunch will be provided.  The day includes an overview of engineering and automotive trades as a career and learning about working in the engineering and automotive industries.

Wednesday, August 2
9:00am to 1:00pm
A Block, Forth Street

Please note limited places are available.

Careers in Healthcare Expo
Learn about our healthcare programmes, what you need to do to apply to study in 2018 and speak to our qualified staff, healthcare practitioners and industry professionals about your healthcare career aspirations. This event includes a mini expo and informative seminars.

Thursday, August 3
5:30pm to 7:00pm
The Hub, Forth Street

Engineering Technologies Information Day
Participants will learn all about engineering and the opportunities open to them when they graduate with our diploma or degree qualifications. Entry is free and lunch will be provided.  The day includes:

An overview of engineering technologies
An overview of our degree and diploma programmes, and other pre-engineering options
An EXCLUSIVE tour of the Forsyth Barr Stadium
Hear from our engineering employers
Laboratory tours – a real hands-on experience!

Wednesday, August 9
10:00am to 3:00pm
Forsyth Barr Stadium (meet first at L Block Foyer)

Please note limited places are available.

Dunedin School of Art Open Day
FREE workshop experiences in the school’s world-class facilities – including Ceramics, Drawing, Electronic Arts, Photography, Jewellery and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Textiles.

Saturday, August 19
10.00am to 3.00pm
Dunedin School of Art, Riego Street

Building Industry Seminar – in association with Otago Master Builders and Certified Builders and Industry Training Association Building (ITABS)
Participants will learn about the current trends in the building industry, what it is like being a building apprentice and the dynamic and rewarding job opportunities available to graduates.

Spaces are available for up to six students from either Years 12 and/or 13 from each school (further places may be available, please enquire). Entry is free and lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, 29 August
9:15am to 2:30pm
Otago University Rugby Football Club Rooms, Logan Park Drive, Dunedin

Horticulture Open Day and Plant Sale
This is the ideal opportunity to come along to meet our staff and students and find out more about our horticulture programmes.  The day includes:

Information about our new horticulture and arboriculture programmes
Hands-on activities relating to green careers
Plants available to purchase

Saturday, September 18
Drop by any time between 10:00am to 3:00pm
L Block, along driveway off Anzac Avenue

Horticulture Open Evening
Students will have the opportunity to speak to staff about our new programmes in horticulture and arboriculture and participate in hands-on activities related to green careers.

Thursday, September 21
7:00pm to 8:30pm
L Block, nursery area by the greenhouse

School of Occupational Therapy Information Evening
Students can learn about this diverse people-oriented profession; hear from therapists about their work, from staff about the programme design and the things you will be involved in, and from students about what it’s like to be part of the programme.

Tuesday, September 26
7:00pm to 9.00pm
School of Occupational Therapy, Room G201/203, G Block, Corner Union Street and Harbour Terrace



Staying in touch with student life at Otago

If you wanted to learn some more about student life at Otago you may want to consider subscribing to the University’s e-newsletter, Otago Connection. Otago Connection is the universities news site and e-newsletter dedicated to keeping students’ families connected with student life at Otago. It includes stories and videos about student successes, events, volunteering and campus life.  Please have a look at their latest news:

http://www.otago.ac.nz/otago-connection/index.html


Click here for helpful study tips


Recently NZ Post released two new apps to assist students transition to tertiary study.

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GuideMe is a free start-to-finish checklist for getting your university study options sorted. It’s based on advice and tips from first-year uni students, with links to essential website and services they recommend. As you work with GuideMe to narrow down what you want to study, where you’ll live and how you will pay for everything, it remembers your choices and sends you deadline reminders.

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Connect makes it easy to send important documents, e.g. verified copy of your passport or evidence of income, direct to StudyLink. Parents can support a student’s application by sending forms and evidence of income direct to StudyLink.


Lincoln University staff noticed when out and about that there are a lot of people – particularly parents – who don’t really understand the ins and outs of university today.  Possibly because they didn’t go themselves or simply because times have changed. They recognised there aren’t too many places for parents, caregivers and students to go to get the big picture.

They put together an event (UNI 101) earlier in the year for students and families to gain valuable pieces of advice, understand the fundamental objectives of a university, and where to get assistance when picking a degree or what institution to study at. The notes from this event have been made available electronically and are well worth a read. UNI 101 is neutral and does not promote any one institution.  For more information click here.