Welcome to the Massey University Career Engine
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Be the next animal superstar Be the next global fashionista Build something impressive Change someone's life forever Crunch some numbers Design the next big thing Explore the human condition Keep NZ's economic gears turning Help people get & stay healthy Help people get the message Help pick up the pieces Indulge your artistic side Keep a business running smoothly Keep NZ clean & green Start the next big business Teach the next generation The shape of things to come Work for the Government Shape science, and the world Take to the skies
Many people don't realise that today's stars on animal TV shows aren't just people who've decided to go & hang out with dangerous wild animals - they are usually qualified vets. Being a vet can propel you to stardom, but at the very least you could be saving the lives of animals, every day. Awesome.
Got a creative streak? Project Runway your favourite TV programme? You'll love a career in fashion! It's seen as a glamorous career, so it's a really competitive to get jobs in fashion, & you'll have to work hard, but how cool would it be to have your own label on the catwalk at London Fashion Week, or work for a famous fashion design company?
Whether it's New Zealand's biggest factory or the world's smallest mp3 player, someone had to sit down & figure out how to build it. Everything from roads to rockets has an engineer behind it, so if you're interested in how things are put together - or you think you can do better - becoming an engineer will give you the chance to build something great.
If you take a genuine interest in how people think, act, & react in everyday situations, or if the study of human behaviour, emotions, & interactions interests you, you could make a huge difference in people's lives. If you change just one person's life for the better, you will have had a huge impact on the world.
Dig deeply enough & you'll find numbers underly virtually everything in the universe. If you develop an understanding for the numbers that drive our lives, you'll be able to analyse virtually anything.
Make the things we use in everyday life beautiful & desirable. Create objects that work well & look great.
Being human is about more than having thumbs, an upright posture, & a big brain. Many people throughout history have built careers on trying to understand fundamental questions: Why are we here? Why do we form societies & how do they work? What can we do to make our lives better, today?
Money flows from place to place, just like water. Some people understand what makes that flow work, & their know-how can have an incredible impact on the world of finance - whether it's one person's bank account or the whole country's economy.
Thankfully, we're long past the days when a case of the sniffles almost always meant the end of the line. People don't stay healthy on their own forever though - they need help.
Nothing ever gets built & no job ever gets finished unless people communicate with each other. Not everyone is a great communicator, though, so quite often someone has to step in & translate someone's ideas into something anyone can understand.
At the rate humans are consuming today, we'll need 2.5 planet Earths to sustain us by the year 2050. That's a problem. & it's one we need to solve within the next few decades. Help figure out how to design products, communities, & societies that can live within the limits imposed upon us by having only this one Earth to live on.
The Canterbury Earthquake has made it clearer than ever how vulnerable human infrastructure can be in the face of unforeseen disasters. Between quakes, volcanoes, floods, storms, & tornadoes, there's no shortage of ways for Nature to lash out at us when she's in a bad mood. New Zealand will always need people with the expertise to answer the question 'What do we do now?' after the unthinkable happens.
Life would be pretty dull without art, & art doesn't get made without artists. Whether you want to get involved in performing arts, are interested in the commercial side of something like advertising, or just want to create 'art for art's sake', many paths exist that will allow you to put your creativity to good use.
Every business has people working behind the scenes to make sure day-to-day operations run as efficiently as possible. The first & most important step is managing the most important business resource of all: people.
In 1976, two guys in a garage started Apple. In 2012, it's the most valuable company on Earth. If you've got an idea & the drive to make it happen, you can make a name not just for yourself & your company, but all of New Zealand.
Let's face it: you got where you are today because of teachers. Without them, you might not even know how to read, write, or add up numbers. New Zealand will always need people willing & able to pass those skills on to the next generation of Kiwis.
These careers don't necessarily exist today, but within 10-20 years they might be essential to the future of our society. As technology evolves, our careers must evolve alongside it. Have a look at one of these potential careers of the future.
A career in government could mean anything from being an urban planner for your local city council all the way up to being Prime Minister of New Zealand. At all levels of government, you'll have the power to shape the lives of New Zealanders... perhaps for many generations to come.
These careers will help you take your love of science to make new discoveries, and maybe even change the world, for the better.
Areas of interest
Areas of interest
Your brilliant career
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Small business owner
Don't want to work for someone else? Work for yourself!
Some companies have more money than they know what to do with. That's where you come in.
How does this sound: Every time you help someone move money from place to place, you get paid. Can't beat that!
Ever seen an iPhone commercial? Somewhere in California, a marketing manager has a $10 million home because of those ads.
When companies lose the plot, someone has to help them find it.
Dive into spreadsheets. Get paid to tell other people how to spend their money.
Chemical / Bioprocess Engineer
Everything that New Zealand produces goes through a step-by-step process. Help design that process from the ground up.
Electronic / Computer Engineer
Design the next generation of computers - or the software that runs on them.
Love farming, but don't necessarily want to go out in gumboots? You can still help New Zealand's farms become more productive.
Public Relations Executive
Give one of those big, faceless corporations a human voice. Yours.
We're all storytellers, but some people are better at it than others. With the right skills, you could tell a story millions will read.
Product Development Engineer
Kiwis have always been inventive. But today, it's about more than screwing a few things together & saying 'she'll be right'.
Ever find things around the house & take them apart just to see what makes them work? Find out how to make them work better.
Agricultural / Horticultural Scientist
Farming isn't all about tractors & cows. Find out why a farm is more than soil, seeds, & sheep.
Show those so-called 'Master Chefs' who's the real master. They may cook, but you design.
Two-legged animals get doctors. Everything else on Earth that walks, swims, flies, or crawls gets veterinarians.
Here's a solid block of aluminium & a sheet of glass. Go make the next iPad.
If you walk into a building, look around, & think, 'I could have done so much better than this,' here's your chance to prove it.
The Government has spoken: Everybody has to wear clothes. Might as well put on something that looks good then, right?
The human mind is the most complex thing around. Learn what makes it work, what makes it break, & how to fix it.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a CSI? Work in the legal system, in areas like child custody decisions & violence risk assessments.
It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a social worker to raise a village.
You might not find one who'll admit it, but doctors wouldn't last five minutes without nurses.
Environmental Health Officer
Ever get food poisoning at a dodgy restaurant? You can help prevent that from happening to someone else.
Disasters happen without warning, & the aftermath can last for years. Help keep a bad situation from getting worse.
If (for some reason) you can't imagine leaving school behind forever, it turns out you don't have to.
Find out what makes the economy tick - or help make it tick more efficiently.
Money doesn't grow on trees, but you can help people figure out how to grow their personal assets.
Human Resources Officer/Manager
Be the gatekeeper for your company. Help decide who gets hired, how long they stay and how they get trained.
Take charge of an entire company. Manage thousands of jobs, millions of dollars, & the future of your industry.
Human society & social behaviour can often seem like one big puzzle. Help unravel the mystery.
Help find an answer to 'Life, the Universe, & Everything' that makes more sense than 42.
Foreign Policy Officer
Represent New Zealand's interests on an international stage. Take what's best about New Zealand to the rest of the world.
There's a huge amount of work to do if we're going to create a more sustainable planet. Help lead the way.
All life is tied to the Earth. That's not New Age wishful thinking - it's scientific fact. Understanding our environment is crucial to our survival as a species.
Nasty invaders like possums, insects, weeds & diseases have caused huge environmental & commercial problems. Help keep New Zealand from hosting more unwanted guests.
We need electricity - but do we need to use quite so much of it? Help reduce New Zealand's power bill.
Help farmers make better farms.
Fortune tellers pretend to have insight into what the future holds. Actuaries actually know.
Mountain climbing. Sulphur. Toxic gases. Explosions. No, it's not a tramping trip with the family - it's volcanology.
Love playing SimCity? Help design real cities. Just go easy on the Godzilla attacks, please.
We learn to process images long before we know how to speak. Graphic design produces images that speak to everyone.
A picture's worth a thousand words. It's also easier on the eyes. Make drawings that come to life.
Pixar & Weta Digital both produce animated characters that often seem more lifelike than real actors. Think you can make the next Buzz Lightyear?
Shakespeare wrote that 'All the world's a stage.' You can't control the world, but you can control a theatre stage.
Most people take their voice for granted... but some struggle to use their voice at all. You can help them find it.
You are what you eat. It's not just a saying - it's the literal truth. Help improve NZ's eating habits.
Exercising & being active aren't necessary evils. They're necessary, full stop. The body is a temple, so help people learn to treat it that way.
Buying & selling property isn't just for board games... though you won't get $200 for passing Go.
Advertising Account Manager
You know those TV ads where someone relentlessly shouts the company's name 10 times? Make something better than that. Please.
Every event, from concerts to business conferences, needs someone to plan it. Otherwise, nobody shows up.
The Internet wasn't built overnight - it took decades of work to get it where it is today. Help create the next generation of the Web.
Newspaper / Magazine Editor
There's almost always a third person standing between a writer & a reader: an editor who helps make that writing readable.
Between museum exhibits & art galleries, in a very real sense curators are the custodians of human history.
Anthropologists understand better than most how culture & individuals interact to make humans into people.
Believe it or not, there's a lot more to politics than people in business suits hurling insults at one another.
Teachers shape students' minds; education advisers help shape the teachers.
Member of Parliament
Become one of the 121 people at the helm of New Zealand's future.
Biology is the study of life. Not that 'Why are we here?' stuff, but the 'What does this squishy bit do?' variety.
Big things have small beginnings.
As Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory will be happy to tell you, everything in the universe runs on physics.
Ever heard the old saying, 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'? Whoever said that failed Chemistry.
Photography means 'painting with light'. That involves a whole lot more than aiming your mobile's camera at the bedroom mirror for your Facebook self-portrait.
Directors & actors get most of the credit, but without producers, there's no theatre to act or direct in.
Fashion design isn't always about who makes the craziest evening gown. Design the clothes people wear every day.
Humans aren't 'one size fits all'. Develop drugs & medical techniques targeted to a single person.
Phys Ed Teacher
Not everyone grows up to be part of the All Blacks, but sport should still be part of everyone's lives.
Numbers without context are meaningless to most people. Statisticians provide that context.
Buddha's favourite numbers were pi & e. Because they're transcendental. Get it? Well, mathematicians do.
The world has police. The financial world has auditors.
Training & Development Manager
Companies with well-trained employees tend to succeed, while those without training programmes often stagnate... or perish.
Health Services Manager
Hospitals, clinics & community health services all need someone to keep the doctors in line.
Employment Relations Manager
Any time people work together, disputes are bound to happen. Help keep disagreements from undermining the whole business.
Chances are good that the majority of the things you read & hear every day, no matter which form of media it is, were written by copywriters.
Acting ability isn't a prerequisite for being on TV.
J.K. Rowling may be the world's most famous author today, but if a publishing editor hadn't taken a chance on her, you'd have no idea who Harry Potter is.
The best works of art in the world are meaningless unless people experience them for themselves. Help guide people toward ones worth their time.
Most righters put two much faith in spill checkers. That's why we need sub-editors.
Thumbs & an upright posture got us to the top of the food chain, but language got us to the Moon.
There are thousands of languages in the world, most of them mutually unintelligible - & nobody speaks them all.
Though television & film have diverted a lot of attention from books, almost every form of entertainment still depends on great writing to succeed. That's where you come in.
In many cases, the only reason we have any knowledge of historical events & cultures is because of well-kept archives from long ago.
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Those who earn high marks in history are often doomed to teach it.
For politicians to make informed decisions, they need information first.
New Zealand was once almost entirely covered with forests. Help preserve the forests remaining to us.
Design new systems - or improve existing ones - to ensure the environment is protected.
Study the building blocks of living things, right down to their molecules.
Create products from biologically-based materials, whether it's tastier beer, healthier donuts or the next generation of pharmaceuticals.
Long ago, we blamed demons for diseases of unseen origin. Today, we know to blame microorganisms instead - & we know how to fight them off.
Oceans cover more than 3/4 of Earth's surface - but we know more about the surface of the Moon than the ocean floor.
Aside from what's on its surface, Earth is basically just a big rock floating through space. Find out what makes that rock tick.
Aussies can be forgiven for thinking the Earth is an inert rock. In New Zealand we know better, because the ground beneath us moves all the time.
Animals can't live without plants, & plants can't live without soil.
Genes are the blueprints for all life. Help decipher the code.
Humans are just one of the many animals on this planet. Understanding those other animals can be critical to our own survival.
There are never enough veterinarians to go around. Help lighten the load.
You probably think of bacteria as something that makes you sick. It turns out they can help us instead.
Sometimes improving the lives of animals starts with improving the animals themselves.
Animals, & humans, are only as healthy as the food they eat.
Industrial Waste Manager
Every industry produces waste, & New Zealand is way too small to just sweep it under the rug.
Genes don't just influence your appearance & development. Sometimes they also come with built-in bad news.
Aid Programme Manager
Many parts of the world don't have the resources we do in New Zealand. Help put underdeveloped regions on the road to prosperity.
Make materials & devices that seem impossible today but will be taken for granted tomorrow.
Finding donor organs takes too long. What if you could grow your own?
Doctors fight illness, but it's up to rehab therapists to help patients get back on their feet.
Find the patterns hiding within raw data.
Land Use Planner
Balance future community needs with the realities of our environment.
Life depends on water. Proper management of water resources depends on hydrologists.
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Test & analyse the various substances human bodies generate.
Value Chain Consultant
We have a long way to go before we produce most of our goods in a sustainable manner. Help put us on the path.
We can learn a great deal about life on Earth in the space where biology & statistics intersect.
Help streamline the process of food production from hoof to plate.
Carbon Emissions Trader
Help mitigate the effects of global climate change by keeping emitters in check.
Help make sure that genetic engineering makes our lives better, not weirder.
Help others understand how the biological world works
Metal skin consultant
Create self-healing metal products
Invent a taste sensation that becomes a global phenomenon.
Vertical Farming Consultant
Growing to the skies
Information and Communication Technologist
Change the way we communicate with one another
Early Childhood Educator
Have an impact on the youngest members of our society
Education Support Worker
Help students live up to their full potential
Sometimes the way we think can interfere with the way we learn. Help adjust thinking for the better.
Product Procurement Manager
Source the best supplies possible, to make companies run more smoothly.
Think about the future, and how that affects your company’s bottom line.
Make the decisions that will help a company be successful.
Get the right things, to the right people, at the right time.
Operations Research Analyst
Help get money, machines and people in the right place at the right time.
Help other people run their businesses better.
Helping construction go smoothly
Create successful local businesses
Animal Production Manager
Keep animals healthy
Animal Feed Planner
Animals, and humans, are only as healthy as the food they eat.
Help create animals that are best-suited for farmers needs.
Write beautiful music that people will love.
Become an accomplished musician and play your music for others.
Wow ‘em with amazing exhibitions.
Create beautifully patterned or textured materials and fabrics that are sought after the world over.
Create beautiful sounds out of other’s music
Climate Change Scientist
Figure out how to mitigate one of the world’s largest threats.
Help us understand better the amazing life under the sea.
Make sure those taking to the skies are doing so in air-worthy planes!
Planning better spaces in our towns and cities
Resource Consents Planner
Balance future community needs with the realities of our environment.
River and Waterways Consultant
Keep our rivers and waterways beautiful
The human mind is the most complex thing around. Learn what makes it work better to help sportspeople perform.
It’s a complex thing, a great brew. But one that gives great satisfaction to many!
Go out in the community to help people who can’t get into hospital or need help with rehab
Public Health Nurse
You’ll go out into schools and community groups to help people learn how to prevent disease and illlness.
Use the power of music to heal.
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Keep workers safe
Air Traffic Controller
Keep our skies safe for air travellers
Take the power of flight into your hands!
Help airlines run smoothly
Help school kids make great choices for a better life
Discover the richness of world music
Design the way we move
Create new cool software for computers
Help doctors understand why patients are sick
Health Programme Manager
Help plan health programmes to keep people healthy
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