Category: General information


What is RealMe?

RealMe is the secure way to prove who you are online. You can use it in two ways: to prove who you are when you’re online, and to log into lots of NZ government sites and services.

How it works

  1. Create a RealMe account 
    • All you need is a username and password to start using RealMe as a login.
  2. Verify your identity 
    • Add your personal information and get your photo taken at a PostShop to use RealMe as online ID.
      If you’re renewing your adult passport online you can verify your identity at the same time.
      Renew your passport online 
  3. Link your postal address 
    • RealMe will post you a letter with a confirmation code.

You’ll only need to prove who you are in person every 5 years.

Where you can use it

You can use RealMe to:

  • apply for tertiary courses
  • apply for government jobs
  • renew your passport
  • update your electoral roll details
  • log into StudyLink.

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School Connect – another useful web resource

School Connect is another useful resource for students. You can search for study options and careers and take a short 5min quiz to help you see career pathways suited to your interests and personality.

I have also save this link on our Useful Links page, so you can find it easily in one place with lots of other useful resources and web tools for career exploration.

School Connect is run by the people who produce the Next Steps magazine for school leavers, which is published twice a year. Grab your free copy from the Careers Office or the library Careers Magazines stand.


Why some US universities include Art subjects in their medical degree

One of the most popular programs, adopted at schools including Yale, Harvard, and UT Austin, involves students meeting at art museums to describe and discuss artworks. At the most basic level, these exercises in close observation help to improve diagnostic skills—priming students to identify visual symptoms of illness or injury in patients, and (hopefully) preventing them from making misguided assumptions


CLICK HERE for an interesting article about Medical courses offered in the USA

Useful Tips for Making Career Decisions

Useful Tips for Making Career Decisions

The Herald Sun in Melbourne recently published an article entitled The Factors that Influence Career Choices.  It included these top five tips, which include some of my favourites too.

Top 5 ways to look before you leap

1. Online courses

Once you have a job in mind, explore related topics with a free online course and see how you enjoy it. Considering IT? Try coding on Codecademy. Might need a language? Download the Duolingo app. Can’t remember much high school chemistry? Brush up via FutureLearn.

2. TED Talks

School leavers and career changers can work out what inspires them by listening to other people talk about their industries. Watching or listening to TED Talks and presentations can spark an interest you did not know you had.

3. Work experience

Judge a job by trying it for yourself. While work experience participants typically only deal with low-level tasks, a placement can be a chance to see what others do each day. What technology do they use? Are they at their desk or in the field? Do they work alone or in a team?

4. Talk to others

Rather than judge a career based on how it is depicted in movies, talk to someone who does it in real life. Ask family members, teachers, coaches and friends’ parents about their role and what they most and least enjoy. In what direction is the industry heading? What skills are in demand?

5. Personality test

Ask a friend for their honest opinion or try an online quiz to work out the jobs that might suit your personality. Social people tend to do well in sales while disciplined people might be a fit for defence. A Roy Morgan Research and Career Wizard online questionnaire answers the question “What do people like me do for a living?”. It focuses on attitudes and life goals and compares a participant’s responses to those of people working in 96 different occupations. Take the test at