Enrol in Passport to Business

This career development programme provides first year Business students with an understanding of their career opportunities and how to manage their career. Industry professionals are actively involved with the programme.

What is Passport to Business?

Passport to Business is a career development programme in Semester Two involving selected Business School first year students.

Participants will take part in group sessions and career workshops, and complete individual activities and reflective logs.

Passport to Business seeks to provide first year students with a better understanding of themselves and their career preferences. Students will create individualised career plans and be introduced to tools such as the MBTI Personality Inventory. Students enhance their long-term career development and improve their employability by accessing this information early. 

Industry professionals will be actively involved in the programme by delivering video interview training, guest speaking and attending networking events. High-performing students will also secure an interview simulation with industry representatives. In 2016 participation in such activities gained some students direct entry to an assessment centre.  

Students must apply for this limited entry programme. Those who complete all components of the Passport to Business will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.



Benefits of the scheme for students

Evelien Van Vliet, Employer Liaison Manager
  • Improve your employment prospects
  • Develop your networks
  • Engage with industry
  • Be job ready

Employers from all industries agree on one thing - grades are not enough. From marketing firms to accountancy, they are looking for the 'well-rounded student'.

Completion of the Passport to Business programme will improve your employability prospects. Understanding yourself, being well connected and being prepared are crucial to your success in the job market. Passport to Business helps you with all these things and much more.

You are not going to land your dream job just by participating in the programme, however it is a unique opportunity and one that I encourage you all to sign up for.

Evelien Van Vliet, Employer Liaison Manager

Benefits of the scheme for industry professionals

  • Development opportunity for aspiring managers to enhance their interview technique through delivering a mock interview with high-performing students
  • Opportunity to spot talent and enhance your brand at the industry networking event
  • Recognition that when Passport to Business appears on a student’s CV or transcript it is an indicator of enhanced self-awareness and developing career competence

Programme content

Stage 1: Know Yourself

Content Group sessions Individual work*

Who am I?

Get to know yourself by identifying your skills, values, interests and personality

Get to know yourself

Session 1
Programme outline
Personality differences

Session 2
Values, skills, job and industry preferences
Career anchors and motivators


  • Submit mock job application
  • Submit LinkedIn profile

Stage 2: Connect Yourself

Content Group sessions Individual work

What is out there for me?

Discover the job opportunities available by researching industry

Creating work futures

Guest speakers

  • Conduct and submit informational interview
  • Submit career plan

Stage 3: Market Yourself

Content Group sessions Individual work

How do I connect?

Advance your marketable identity

Communicate your competitive edge

Networking with industry


If chosen, attend industry events

*In addition, students will complete reflective logs and attend career workshops


"I would really like to thank the Passport to Business team, as the experiences and opportunities available to the participants of the programme were truly invaluable! We are all in such good stead to apply for internships and graduate roles now, and the networking and interviews with large firms are experiences we would never have access to elsewhere. So thank you!”

 “The networking events were outstanding and I was amazed by the quality of the programme”

Apply now

Please submit your application via the electronic form below by 9am, Tuesday 5 June 2018.
Successful students will be notified by Friday 22 June 2018.


Contact us

For more information please contact: bizcareers@auckland.ac.nz