Career Development Association of New Zealand


CDANZ National Conference 2019

CDANZ National Conference 2019

Your practice - Today and tomorrow

In partnership with University of Canterbury & the Tertiary Education Commission

University of Canterbury, Christchurch / 5 & 6 September 2019

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Over the past three years CDANZ flagship event has focussed on big themes highlighting and investigating the value and impact of career development on the wellbeing of our clients, society and economy:

  • 2016: Our Value, Our Voice
  • 2017 Aspiration and Possibility
  • 2018: Social Justice.

This year, at our national conference for research and leading practice, we examine ourselves and put career practice in New Zealand under the microscope to examine:

  1. What innovative models of career practice are working now at home, and abroad?
  2. How will career practice need to change to address the diverse needs of clients in the new economy?
  3. How can you adapt your practice to remain relevant, accessible and sustainable, and so that New Zealanders receive excellence in career development support?

CDANZ national conference is an opportunity to look up from your own work to engage with your peers from across the country and bright minds from overseas, to build your networks, to share and exchange knowledge, to challenge your thinking, to catch up on the latest research and to gain practical tools and insights in leading practice.


University of Canterbury are our Official Venue Partners. We are grateful for their support. Download a map of campus.

Conference Registraton, Exhibition, Plenary and AGM - Central Lecture Theatres, C Block (H3 on the map)

Workshop venues - North Arts Lecture Theatres (H4 on the map)

Conference Drinks - The Shilling Club, (H4 on the map)

Manaakitanga, Conference Dinner - Ti Kouka room, Haere-roa. This the brand new UCSA Building and does not appear on the map. We will guide you from The Shilling Club after Conference Drinks. 


Our programme includes:

  • International Key Note Guest: Gillian Kelly
  • World Tableau Guest: Tannis Goddard
  • 16 workshops presented concurrently over four sessions
  • A presentation from the Tertary Education Commission and Ministry of Education 
  • CDANZ Project Updates on our work in Advocacy, CRM, Entry Level Qualifications and Member Pathways
  • Landscape Scan identifying research and projects in progress
  • Panel Discussion: Careers Within Career Development - Creating a Workforce for the Future
  • Workstream discussons for Education, Vocational Rehabilitation and Private Practice where you can speak with your peers about the challenges and opportunities in your area of practice

This year we have also introduced a Buddy Programme to enhance the peer networking and collegiality offered at Conference, particularly for our first time attendees. If you enjoy meeting new people, new to the sector or a little shy and would like someone else to help you with introductions, sign up to be part of the Buddy Programme. 

The draft programme can be downloaded here. Additional speaker information will be posted to this site over the coming weeks. 


Key Note : Gillian Kelly

Gillian Kelly is the Director of Outplacement Australia and The Career Agency. She is a career development coach, multi-credentialed Master Executive Resume Writer and Personal Branding Strategist with global writing experience. Gillian is a passionate speaker about modern career storytelling; building career capability for the future of work; and marketing in a technological world. We are delighted to have her with us as a Key Note guest. Gllian will also present a workshop for private practitioners about building and sustaining a career practice, now and in the future. 

Keynote address: Tips, tricks & techniques for job search in the digital age

No matter where we practice or the types of clients we work with, it is safe to say we all want the best outcomes possible for them. In a time of wobbly careers people need that support now more than ever.

Running an outplacement firm, I see the impacts of the future of work in the uncertain faces of people who have been thrown a career curve ball.

Every day, hirers adopt a new tool, trend, approach or technology to improve their talent game. People rely on us to help them keep pace with these changes and the latest job search methods that work in this new automated world of hiring.

While amazing people are working out the future of work, for many of us our focus is simpler: how to give our clients the best advantage possible in the job market of today.

My presentation will explore shifting trends in job search and the challenges of marketing human brands in an increasingly bot-driven hiring world. We’ll look at samples of awardwinning resumes and unpack what makes them work. We’ll talk helpful tools for job seekers and discuss what hirers are saying that they are looking for in top applicants in 2019.

I love conferences like these where we get to come together in conversations on what we are seeing, what’s working for us, what’s not. I look forward to sharing and seeing everyone.

Concurrent workshop: Career Business Building – Warts-n-All 

Building a Sustainable Career Practice can feel isolating, overwhelming and hard at times. It’s been a journey of mine for the last ten years. In this workshop, I’ll share with you my warts-n-all tale of moving from a solo career practitioner to running a national outplacement firm.

I’ll share openly what worked for me, and what didn’t, how I got around the tricky bits and survived the crappy bits, to create a business that feels like home, doing work we believe in.

We’ll discuss nuggets including tips for keeping the doors open and the work coming, staying sane when demand fluctuates between crazy and crickets, marketing your credibility in an online world of instant fixes and glamour solutions, choosing where to invest your energy, and even a few funny stories about working with your husband in case any of you are crazy enough to do that. A light-hearted but honest and practical look at growing your business.

World Tableau: Tannis Goddard

Based in Vancouver Canada, Tannis Goddard is a world leader in career development interventions that integrate multiple learning modalities. She is the CEO of MixtMode, an organisation involved in projects that research, assess, design, develop, implement, support and evaluate effective models for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within Career Development Services. 

Tannis has worked with career practitioners, specific client groups, state and provincial government, employers and funding bodies across a wide geography to develop programmes and service delivery models that integrate the needs of the users with local labour market realities. 

Tannis is our World Tableau guest this year and will deliver a video presentation providing a personal response and a global perspective on the Conference theme.

Contribute to the Programme

We are currently accepting submissions for:

1. Landscape Scan – this programme item raises awareness for career development related research projects that are still in progress, or will not have been published at the time of the conference. These might be Masters or PhD research projects, or other academic, public or private sector research. Speakers will be assigned 2-3 minutes to briefly introduce their projects. You do not need to submit a full abstract for the Landscape Scan but you do need to complete this form.

2. Concurrent Presentation or Workshop Session - closed

Exhibition and Sponsorship

CDANZ Conference is the perfect forum to introduce your career specific tools, products and services to a ready audience of New Zealand's career professionals. We offer Exhibition Space for a very affordable $400.00+GST and a range of other partnership options where you can showcase your brand alongside excellence in career development. We welcome interest from exhibitors and event partners. Read our Partnership Table and contact to discuss further. 

Official Venue Partner 






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Other Sponsors and Exhibitors

Air NZ Aviation Institute


Yoobee School of Design

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2 May Call for Abstracts open

17 June Call for Abstracts close

28 June Applicants notified of decision

4 July Early Bird Bookings open

5 Aug Early Bird Bookings close

30 Aug Presenter Slides due

5 Sept Event Day 1 / Networking Dinner

5 Sept Event Day 2