Our goal is to empower educators by providing schools with a broader future pathways system through an integrated, more accessible and cost-effective tool.
Career Central was born in 2012 when Sue Hancock (a New Zealand secondary school careers advisor) joined forces with a savvy student (Tim Hampton) to design and develop a career management system for the school. Today Career Central has grown from a simple file-maker programme to a fully comprehensive web-based career management system. The programme is integrated with all major school information system providers. and is used by around a third of New Zealand secondary schools.
Bulls-Eye was established in 2012 when Kate McBeath (an HR professional) saw a need for a low-cost, digital career assessment for young people. Initially, Bulls-Eye partnered with schools around New Zealand to offer the Future Pathways Assessment tool. In 2016 Kate started working with a small number of schools in Australia to pilot and adapt the tool to best suit Australian students.
In 2018 Career Central and Bulls-Eye formed a partnership to provide integrated career management and assessment solutions for secondary schools. The partnership brings together the strengths of Career Central, a leader in career management system design and strategic digital solutions, with Bulls-Eye, an online future pathways offering which provides psychology-based career quizzes. Between our two businesses we currently work with over 130 secondary schools (in New Zealand and Australia) and have over 150,000 student users on the platform.
In 2019 we worked closely with a small number of schools in Queensland to trial Career Central’s web-based Career Management System in the Australian education sector. Our amazing trial schools helped us to understand the functionality that was most valuable in Australia, and their feedback and encouragement has helped us to customise the platform to provide an online Career Programme for Y9 to Y12 students.
In Australia our data is stored on servers on Australia’s Amazon Web Services platform and we have partnered with Wonde (Australia’s trusted data connector) to connect to school information systems.
Sue Hancock – Director, Career Central
Sue holds an undergraduate degree in Science with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Waikato, as well as a Graduate certificate in Career Development from Auckland University of Technology. Sue has 25 years’ experience in education with eight years’ experience in career guidance. In 2012 she teamed up with then student, Tim Hampton, to develop Career Central, a digital platform designed to assist students, careers advisors, and teachers to develop and manage career plans.
Tim Hampton – Director, Career Central
Tim holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Waikato and developed the first version of Career Central in 2012 as a Year 12 student. Since graduating Tim has established three successful technology business, Career Central; Mata Digital – a leading Waikato web design and development company; and, LuminateOne – an app development business.
Kate McBeath – Director, Bulls-Eye
Kate holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology & Management and a post-graduate Diploma in Business (HRM) from The University of Auckland. Prior to setting up Bulls-Eye, Kate spent 15 years working in consulting, organisational development and human resources in a number of local and international businesses. Kate has extensive experience in capability framework design, psychometric assessment, talent development and career coaching.
Career Central has the backing of a team of over 15 developers and support staff at their base in Matamata, New Zealand where all three of Tim’s technology businesses (Career Central, Mata Digital and LuminateOne are located). In addition, in Australia, we partner with Wonde (for school data connection) and Amazon Web Services (for server hosting).