LAST UPDATED: 27 NOVEMBER 2018
This guide is designed for school IT administrators to be able to set up Career Central
within their school. It provides an overview of Career Central, and the key decisions
to make about the implementation of Career Central.
What is Career Central?
Career Central is a digital platform that supports Careers Advisors to develop and manage student career plans.
Career Central is integrated with CareersNZ to keep the database of occupational information always up to date. The program is web based for anywhere, anytime access. Careers staff can customise pages to suit your school and tailored to suit different year levels. Career Central can be used school wide for both career counselling and academic conferencing.
Requirements to run Career Central
Before we get started, you must ensure that your school meets the following requirements:
- Your school has a fast, reliable internet connection.• Students are able to access the internet in some manner (i.e. from their own device, or from a school based computer).
- Students have access to Google Chrome (preferred), or Safari.
- Your school has some way for third parties to authenticate users (Google / Microsoft).
- Your school is able to provide IT support to ensure that students and staff are able
to access the internet.
- You use KAMAR, MUSAC Edge, PCSchool, and/or your school uses Google or Microsoft SSO for Authentication.
Career Central & Your School’s Data
Career Central requires student and staff information to run. This includes basic student information, such as Name, User ID, Username, & School Email. It also requires staff information such as Names, Titles, Emails, Usernames, Group-classes and more.
Additional features of Career Central, such as timetabling and NZQA result analysis require relevant information.
The process to send this data to Career Central is normally an easy one, and is normally achieved by using a listening service within your school management system.
Photos can be sent to Career Central to be used on the Career Advisor dashboard, to help staff identify students. This is similar to how you have photos on your cloud SMS, or on your library system.
Students and Staff need to be able to login to Career Central using their existing school credentials.
We have found that almost every school in NZ & AU are now using Google or Microsoft online, which means we can easily authenticate users into the system. This doesn't require setup on your end (although we need you to do the steps below).
Open KAMAR and navigate to
Main Menu => Setup => KAMAR => Server => Directory Services
Create a New Service.
Fill out the fields with the information below:
Name: CareerCentral API
Schools: Tick the school number your school uses (normally 1)
Address: kamar.data.cc.school.nz (Note: this is new, ensure you are using this address)
Username: Leave Blank
Password: Enter the KAMAR Authentication code from support here
Include NSN: Un-tick this box
Press 'Check and Enable'
Tick the boxes indicated in the diagram below.
Press check to make sure the connection is working.
For this initial Full Update, ensure that you are sending all of the data. Click on the checkboxes for Student Photos, Staff Photos, and Assessments, and click the Send All button for each of these.
Note: The update process is run on the server and may take a while to complete before you see anything happening.
You will get warned about sending photos - from Career Central's perspective, we don't mind if these get sent or not. Only authorized logged in staff from your school will be able to see them.
Generally, depending on your enrolment policy, you will be fine to send photos (for example, if another cloud hosted system is already using them such as 365 / Atheneum / KAMAR Cloud Hosted) - but please do check before sending them.
You can always leave photos off for now, and turn them on at a later date.
Now it is time to let Career Central Support know that you have completed the setup. You can reply to the setup email they sent you.
You need to let them know if you either use Microsoft 365 / G Suite / None.
Here is a sample of an email you could send:
It is <<your name>> from <<school name>>. I have just sent the full update through to your service, and no errors appeared.
For Students, we use G Suite by Google, and all student emails end in myschool.school.nz
For staff, we use Microsoft 365, and all staff emails end in myschool.school.nz
Please read Additional notes
I HAVE COMPLETED THE GUIDE - WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Click here to read what happens next.
Career Central recommends that you develop a strong password policy for your
school. This includes enforcing a minimum length and a password change policy.
CAREER CENTRAL STATUS PAGE
You can view the status of Career Central at help.cc.school.nz .
DATA INTEGRITY WITH KAMAR
We encourage you to check that the correct data is loaded into KAMAR for key users.
For example, ensure that the ‘email’ field in a staff user contains the work email of the
staff user, if this is what they use at school. Another issue that sometimes occurs is if you have mutliple KAMAR schools (i.e school 1 and 2), there might be muddled up results between the schools.
Creating Links to Career Central
We encourage you to create a link in one or more of the following places:
• Learning Management System (e.g. Moodle)
• Desktop Shortcut
• Homepage of Student Landing Page
• Start Menu Icon
• School Website
• Parent Landing Page (for Parent Portal)
USING OUR LOGO
We ask that you always reference this image. This way, if we wish to update our brand
assets in the future, you will not have to reupdate the logo.
You should link the logo to https://cc.school.nz/
Please consider our branding guidelines. Do not alter, modify or stretch the logo.
For brand usage questions please contact Tim (email@example.com).