Teacher Profiles – Careers Centre – Mrs Katherine Thomas, Mrs Kelly Rose and Mrs Tanja Savov

At Long Bay College we have a dedicated Careers Centre which is where the first steps are taken on the career pathway for students.  We would like to introduce the staff members that make up the Careers Centre but firstly here is an insight into what the Careers Centre staff do.

In the Careers Centre, we work with students to help them through school and into their future supporting them with their subject selection and preparation for tertiary study and the world of work.

We have a wide range of resources from universities and industry providers for students to look at. We arrange guest speakers for lunchtime, in-class sessions, and out-of-school trips to assist our students during their time here and for future planning.

The centre consists of three professional, welcoming staff members. Let’s meet the team:

Katherine Thomas:

What does your day entail?

A large part of my day is spent working with students one-to-one supporting them with their studies and planning for their futures. I help students apply for university scholarships, testimonials, and other future pathways. Every student has their own unique pathway. We try to help all of them to get closer to where they want to be. I also have one teaching line in English and a fabulous Atawhai class.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family and pets and travelling around New Zealand and overseas. I enjoy concerts, the theatre, movies, and I am a regular gym goer.

Kelly Rose:

What does your day entail?

 I manage the Gateway, STAR, and Work Experience Programmes here at Long Bay College. A huge part of my job is finding work experience placements for our students, as well as arranging short courses relevant to their interests. I also assist students with CV writing and job seeking. As someone who was not sure what they wanted to do when they left school, I have a real passion for helping students find their future pathways.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband Neil, and our daughter Evie. I enjoy reading, knitting, jigsaw puzzles and have recently started learning how to skateboard.
I am currently studying – to complete my Diploma in Career Development through NMIT Te Pūkenga.

Tanja Savov:

What does your day entail?

The main part of my job is to answer student enquiries about university and other courses and advertise events across media platforms. Coordinating trips, campus, and in-house events is another important aspect of the job. I also design and distribute teaching aids and material for Atawhai classes. It is a real privilege to work with young people as they learn about themselves and the world.

What do you do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my family. Reading and travelling around the world are true passions. My husband Petar and my son Andrei are my favourite travel companions. I am a great cook, though I say it myself! I can rustle up anything from scratch and enjoy having friends over for dinner.


These ladies thrive on helping students and between them, they have a great deal of knowledge in the Careers Centre. Students are warmly invited to see the team during intervals, lunch breaks, and study periods at the Careers Centre (A3).  Thank you to the Careers Centre team for their time.

If you would like to nominate a member of faculty for us to interview or have any testimonials you would like to share about any one of our incredible staff, please send us an email at [email protected]


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