Career planning

The Health Workforce Directorate expects career plans to be in place for all the trainees it funds – this ensures workforce needs match those of the trainee and wider health sector, and provides value for money for the taxpayer.

Career planning has benefits for everyone. No matter what stage you are at, a career plan helps you get the career and lifestyle you want. It also helps employers plan their workforce more effectively.

Developing skills and knowledge can combine formal and informal learning, and may include coaching, mentoring and experience-based programmes.

You can fill in or adapt this career plan template (doc, 49 KB) when working through this four-step process.

  1. Know yourself – your skills, values, aspirations, motivations, personality type and development needs
  2. Explore possibilities – training options and job prospects for possible specialties
  3. Make choices – identify options that suit you and any barriers that may need to be overcome
  4. Make it happen – record a plan of action and how to embark on any further training or work experience needed

Discuss these points with your educational supervisor or the career-planning coordinator at your district health board – the HR department should be able to point you in the right direction. Together you should review your career plan at least annually to ensure the agreed course of action, such as a training course or clinical placement, is underway.

If you are a resident medical officer (RMO), a national career design framework has been developed by NZRDA, the district health boards and the Health Workforce Directorate – use the RMO career planning form (doc, 53 KB) and discuss your plan with your RMO coordinator.

Responsibility for providing robust career planning and guidance lies with the training organisation. The Health Workforce Directorate has asked professional bodies and colleges to incorporate this into their accreditations and reporting processes.

Find a job

The central job board Kiwi Health Jobs advertises all job vacancies at the 20 DHBs and the New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS).

International staff

Health care professionals who wish to emigrate or work in New Zealand can visit the Kiwi Health Jobs website for more information.

You will need to gain New Zealand registration in your field of practice prior to seeking work – see our page on Responsible authorities under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act for contact information.

This Immigration New Zealand website has information on skills shortages, applying for work visas and eligibility for permanent residence.

Health professionals wishing to enter Health Workforce Directorate-funded vocational programmes must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for training funding. Exceptions will be considered – see the Exceptions to residency status policy section for more details on the application process.

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