Career Development Association of New Zealand


Past Webinars


Big Data and Career Development

Monday 18 November 2019, 6:30pm - 7:30pm (NZ Time)

CPD Points: 1 hour

Price: $AU $ 20 (Inc. GST)

Fundamental to strengthening a community’s workforce is to support individuals in taking charge of their career development and engagement through ongoing strategic career management; of which a successfully integrative career service will assist.

Providing community career development services as part of an organisation or in a private practice, it is important to understand who your target market is before building career interventions that will be both effective and provide positive long term results. The capacity of career services to effectively address the needs of a diverse range of clients will depend upon the extent to which the career practitioner is able to understand both local and global job markets, workforce and social trends as well as the influences affecting their targeted community and client cohort.

With an extensive career within employment services, vocational training and higher education, in this webinar Jennifer will share examples of the importance in understanding how to both source and integrate occupational, labour market and societal data during the development of tailored community career services.

Additional examples of integration of big data on a global community service scale will be provided in discussion of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (UN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) analysis on the role of data in promoting innovation, growth and well-being in communities.

Presenter Biography

Jennifer Luke is a PhD candidate and research member of the Australian Collaboratory for Career Employability & Learning for Living (ACCELL) and a Career Development Practitioner / Educator at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). With extensive experience within the employment services, vocational training, higher education and information technology sectors, Jennifer has delivered numerous career development workshops to community groups, university students as well as organisational staff and management.

With a keen interest in meaningful work, generational diversity, community building and skills retention within the workforce, Jennifer initially completed awardwinning Master of Education (USQ) research into the motivation of retirees seeking encore careers. This research is now being extended within her PhD to focus on the removal of barriers to workforce participation for retirees returning to work, their adaptability, sense of meaningfulness and transference of skills to the younger generations.


The Neuroscience of Teen Decision Making

Monday 28 May at 7.30pm

$20 CDANZ members & subscribers / $30 non members

How can we help teenagers and young adults make better more effective career decisions? It is a very complex process yet somehow it seems to be left to chance and somehow they will 'figure' it out! With the increasing costs of tertiary education and the multitude of earn-as-you-learn options, the whole process is more confusing than ever for young people and especially parents and guardians.

This webinar covers understanding the development of the brain from adolescence, through a phase called ‘emerging adulthood’ and onto ‘maturity’.’ Through MRI and CT scans neurologists now know there isn’t a one-size fits all method about how we should measure a mature brain or that this development is at the same rate for everyone. It would be great if there was a spot in the brain that turns blue to indicate this – but there isn’t. For many we know this now doesn’t occur at 18 (which is in many ways an arbitrary age) but is often much later possibly up to 32!

The key to all this is when the pre-frontal cortex has regular control of the other parts of the brain, in particular the limbic brain. The frontal cortex is the ‘CEO’ of the brain and is involved in planning, forward thinking and decision-making and importantly regulates emotional outbursts. It is like applying brakes to the brain when the accelerator is pressed hard to the floor most of the time.

So how should we as career practitioners react to this information when working with young people? Well, understanding the science and the associated behaviours is a start and that is what this webinar will cover. It will also cover how this impacts on the timing of young people developing their sense of self, identity and purpose all key to career decision making.

Finally it will give you some ideas and strategies to use to help any young person when making a decision about their future. By the end of the session you should have a better understanding of what a young person is thinking and why and ways to help them make better decisions about their careers.

Russell Booth has over 20 years experience in the careers field mainly in New Zealand but also in the UK. He runs his own business Career Change Ltd in Hawke's Bay and Auckland and has worked successfully with many young clients. He has just finished working at the ASB Careers Centre at the University of Auckland as a Career Consultant.

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Legal Implications of Vocational Rehabilitation and Occupational Assessment

Thursday 12 April 2018 at 9am

$20 CDANZ members & subscribers / $30 non members

Sam Hack, Solicitor at ACC, will talk through recent cases where occupational assessments that have been discussed in court. Who won? What are the implications for vocational assessors? What can we learn?

This Zoom webinar is expected to be 45 minutes plus question time. Participants may ask questions via the chat function throughout and Sam will do his best to respond before the end of the session.

Challenges of Leading in Complex Environments and the Paradoxical Importance of Passion, Purpose and Calling

Mon 29 May 2017 - 11am. Facilitator: Dr Peter Cammock, University of Canterbury / Leadership Lab

This webinar is for those working in career and organisational development. Did you know that a work orientation based on a sense of calling can be an important foundation for navigating complex leadership challenges and working with emergent strategies? Peter will explain this, drawing on international research and linking it to his own work in the New Zealand context on leadership and calling.

Peter is co-director of The Leadership LabAdjunct Senior Fellow in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship at University of Canterbury and has been described by NZ Management Magazine as “one of the nation’s best leadership writers.” His consulting experience spans over twenty-five years and includes facilitation, coaching, advisory and developmental roles with the senior management teams of numerous private sector and non-governmental organizations. Peter has a strong interest in complexity, creativity and positivity in leadership and in the personal foundations of emotionality, character and alignment that underlie effective organisational leadership.

NB Peter’s webinar is the perfect accompaniment to Dr Ryan Duffy’s Auckland event on Wed 24 May: Finding and Living a Calling at Work – Exploring Individual and Practitioner Strategies

Steps to building a compelling LinkedIn Profile

Date: Tues 4 April 2017- 12noon.Facilitator: Grant Verhoeven

This webinar is for career practitioners who wish to gain confidence in using LinkedIn. Perhaps you are sceptical of the benefits of Linkedin? Unsure where to start? Perhaps you are using the platform but would like to learn more?

Improve your profile and gain the expertise you need to help your clients build an effective profile. Learn about all the capabilities of this leading professional platform, stay up to date with the changing technology. Have fun and get empowered. It's cool!

Read our facilitator Grant Verhoeven's Linkedin profile. Everything you need to know.

Building Better Branches: An introduction to the refreshed CDANZ Branch Manual

Tues 7 March 2017 - 12 noon. Facilitator: Lauren Hughes, CDANZ

This webinar is for Branch Committee Members and any other interested party wanting to learn more about how to run a regional branch. In the webinar we will talk through the refreshed Branch Manual including new resources on emergent leadership considerations, branch recruitment opportunities and planning professional development events. We will also create an opportunity to exchange ideas between branches so we may learn from one another.

Webinar resources available:

  • Branch Manual
  • Slides
  • Audio and Video recordings - Contact