Help with career decisions

Studying at AUT leads you along a career path of opportunities, adventures and surprises. But how do you know you’re on the right career path? If you're not sure – and lots of people are not – then our career specialists can help you consider what to do next.

Make an appointment to see our specialists

Our team offers individual career counselling to help you explore your career options, review your career direction or figure out if you're in the right programme. To meet with a career specialist - in person or online - simply book an appointment through Elab Online.

It’s easy to log in – just choose ‘Current student’ and enter your AUT student ID and password.

Log into Elab Online

Use our resources to build on your knowledge

Learning more about careers and organisations is a good way to find out more about roles and work opportunities that will help you with your career decisions.

Join events and workshops

Employer events and workshops, including career fairs and speaker series, are run during the year to help develop your knowledge of the workplace. Look at Elab Online for workshops and events.

Log into Elab Online

Do an employability award

Sign up for the AUT Edge Award or Beyond AUT Award to develop your employability and leadership skills, while also improving your networks and gaining New Zealand work experience.

Leadership and volunteering

Use our online career resources

Explore information about career decision making and job search through our career resources on Elab Online.

Log into Elab Online

Check out our employability blog

Find tips, advice and stories about other students and graduates to get inspiration and ideas.

Employability blog

Where could your future take you? Download career sheets

Learn about industry trends, job descriptions and the skills you need for careers related to AUT programmes.


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Considering postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study can be a great way to deepen your knowledge and skills to open up better career opportunities. But it's not a way to avoid the workplace!

Some industries and professions require a postgraduate qualification for entry level professional roles – others prefer someone to get workplace experience, then to do postgraduate study.

Before enrolling in postgraduate study, ask yourself:

  • Am I interested enough in the subject to do more in-depth study?
  • Would postgraduate study improve my employment opportunities?
  • What thesis/dissertation topic would I enjoy undertaking?
  • What skills will I gain through postgraduate study that will be valuable to employers – and to me?
  • Do I have much work experience? If not, how will I fill the experience gap to complement my postgraduate studies?

Find out more

Contact us

WA202 Employability Lab Entrance

Drop into the Employability Lab or email us:

Locations on campus

Visit us at the Employability Lab at the City Campus in WA202.

We're also available at our other campuses by appointment only. Book at Elab Online

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Best university careers service

The AUT Employability and Career Services team took top honours in the NZ Association of Graduate Employers (NZAGE) Awards, winning the NZAGE Best Careers Service for 2022.


Other resources to help with career decisions

To help with your career decisions you could also:

  • Check out Careers New Zealand for extensive, free interactive tools
  • Have a look at LinkedIn or interest groups on other social channels
  • Research websites of industry associations and business organisations of interest
  • Talk to family, friends, neighbours and teachers for information, work experience and networking opportunities