Career Development Association of New Zealand



CDANZ Auckland branch coming events

Save the dates for these CDANZ Auckland branch events: 

  • Apprenticeships & Trades Training Update (Online), Thursday 15 October, 8-9am
  • Networking Breakfast, Various locations, Thursday 22 October, 7.30-9am 
  • End-of-year Celebration, Venue TBC, Thursday 26 November, 6pm
  • The celebration scheduled for Jennie Miller on 24 September will now be combined with the end of year event. 

CDANZ Executive Committee – Secretary

The CDANZ National Executive team is looking for a Professional or Fellow member to join the committee and take up the Secretary role. It's a great role for a new committee member as it has clear and defined boundaries and is a superb learning ground. The role involves taking Minutes at the monthly meetings and once a year being involved in AGM communications to members. This position will suit someone who likes structure and has the ability to summarise discussions to key action points.

Please contact Heather Lowery-Kappes CDANZ President, if you're interested -

CDANZ Incoming President's Address

Tēnā koutou
Ko Heather Lowery-Kappes tōku ingoa
Nō Canada ahau
Ko Ontario taku tūrangawaewae
I tipu ake ahau i Kirikiriroa 
Kei Kirikiriroa kei Tauranga Moana hoki ōku kāinga inaianei
He Kairapura ahau ki Te Whare Wānga o Waikato, ki aku ake mahi hoki
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katua

My name is Heather Lowery-Kappes, I was born in Ontario, Canada and grew up in Hamilton, NZ. I currently live and work in Hamilton and Tauranga for the University of Waikato and in private practice. As a member of CDANZ since 2007 and current Fellow, I am incredibly proud to be the new CDANZ National President. I am excited to be working with a fantastic team on the National Executive for my association. We have a very busy year ahead of us with many major projects, which we have been working towards, that are about to come to fruition. I look forward to a strong and prosperous future for CDANZ and its members.

I would like to thank Jennie Miller who has now stepped down as the CDANZ President into the role of Immediate Past President supporting the National Executive for another year. Jennie stepped into the president role at very short notice and in her three year term has been an amazing advocate for the association. Because of Jennie CDANZ steps into the future with stronger relationships with a number of key government agencies and international career development associations. We appreciate her incredible energy, commitment and passion for our industry and the value it provides of our members and association. The National Executive and its members are indebted to Jennie for all her work and we hope that she get to have much more time for herself and her family.

We are also losing Jo Davies as Secretary of the National Executive. Anyone who attended Tuesday nights National AGM (or watched the video) will have seen just a fraction of the professional, detailed and commitment that Jo has put into this year in the form of the remits and a well-run online AGM. We wish Jo well as she steps off the National Executive; the association and our members are enriched by Jo’s input.

Thank you also to the wonderful National Executive Team, and welcome to Cherie Perrow. We have a big year ahead but I know we are well placed for some fantastic new changes. 

Ngā Mihi


Caroline Sandford FMCDANZ releases new book

Love Your Career from the Start
Making decisions for your future – a guide for young adults
by Caroline Sandford FMCDANZ

  • How do you figure out what sort of work is right for you?
  • Do you choose university, find a trade, or get a job?
  • What subjects do you study to make sure you then find work?
  • What if you choose a course or job you don’t like?
  • What if you decide on a line of work that doesn’t exist in five years’ time?
The answers start with first understanding how to make good decisions for yourself.

This practical book for 15–25 year-olds introduces the four key stages involved in making good decisions for your career. It contains easy exercises that will help you:
  • understand who you are and who you want to become,
  • explore the options that are right for you,
  • create an action plan that ensures you have what you need to realise your goals,
  • identify the strategies you need to create the future that YOU want.
Based on solid research and proven theory, this book will help give young people the clarity and confidence they need when deciding on their career and future world of work.
“For young people like me who might be struggling to find their direction, Love Your Career from the Start provides a helpful process. It breaks everything down into manageable steps and doesn’t overcomplicate things. What really helped me was understanding myself first before looking at what I might want to do for a career. I discovered how my personality and values could relate to my future job – it’s not all about my skillset and the money I could earn.”
– ALLIE, 17

“It’s excellent to have a comprehensive one-stop resource like this that you can refer to again and again. The exercises and activities helped me set up a pathway for my future in a way that feels natural and was easy to understand. Now I know there are more options available to me than what my family and friends want me to do. I want to follow my own aspirations rather than getting stuck in something I don’t really like.”
– TOM, 17

Caroline Sandford is a career specialist and certified coach with over 20 years' experience. She has an MA (Hons) in Industrial Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Career Development. She is also a Fellow of CDANZ, and a member of HRNZ, CATE and ICF.

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