Waikato Career Navigator

Have you been looking for a way to do something meaningful in your community?
Have you learned valuable skills in your career that you could share with young people?
Do you want to help young people have a purposeful pathway into their future?  

We have an opportunity for you to become a Career Mentor through our Career Navigator programme!

Career Navigator is a ready-for-work programme that helps secondary school students find a meaningful career pathway upon leaving school. Career Navigator has been running successfully in both Fairfield College and Fraser High School throughout 2017 and will also be offered at Ngāruawāhia High School in 2018.  

Research and thorough evaluation is an essential part of all Graeme Dingle Foundation programmes. Research shows that Career Navigator: ​

  • helps students gain skills and confidence in their ability to make suitable career and subject choices
  • creates an awareness of what will be expected from students, in order for them to be successful within the workplace
  • have increased levels of school engagement
  • offers an opportunity for employers to raise their profile and connect with future employees 
  • ultimately benefits young people and communities

We need employers, business owners, entrepreneurs, creatives, recent graduates and professionals to be Career  Mentors. 
Each Career Mentor will be matched with a group of 2 – 3 senior students to work alongside. You need to be able to meet with those students every 2 – 3 weeks for an hour or two through the school terms. There will also be fun and interactive social events and workshops offered to mentors and students throughout the year. 

“Being a Career Mentor has met (and exceeded!) my expectations in regard to the energy and commitment of those involved - students, mentors and facilitators alike. It has been great and something I have taken into other aspects of my life. I find myself thinking of what topics we can discuss in future sessions and this in turn prompts me to reflect on myself, my career, and the decisions I have made in the past.  This helps to equip me to make more informed decisions in future.” 
- Fraser High School Career Mentor 2017

Full training for volunteers is provided - see the details of our first training day below - and we have a team of coordinators who support the Career Mentors throughout the programme. ​We adhere to the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, therefore you will need to consent to a police and reference check before working with students. 

To find out more or become a Career Mentor contact:

Michelle Daly 
Programmes Manager 
Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato  
M: 027 533 8552  E: michelle@dinglewaikato.nz 

Training Day for 2018 Career Mentors 

Training for interested Career Mentors will be held on Saturday 24 February. 
Time: 9am - 2pm 
Venue: Board Room of the Cancer Society, Grey Street, Hamilton East. Thank you to our friends at the Cancer Society Waikato Bay of Plenty for lending us your venue! 
Catering and refreshments are provided. 
If you are unable to make this date, training on an alternative date can be arranged. 

Learn more about Career Navigator here