Career Development Association of New Zealand


Heather Trought

Heather Trought

Auckland Waikato
Career Consultant
Clear Path Careers
BA Hons, PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education, UK), Dip CG, (Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance, UK)
Professional Memberships
CDANZ Professional Member


  • Career Coaching
  • Career Counselling
  • Career Programme Design and Development
  • Graduate Guidance
  • Group Facilitation and Training
  • Interview Coaching
  • Job Search Coaching
  • Personal Branding
  • Personality/Behaviour Profiling
  • Professional CV Preparation
  • Professional Supervision
  • Research and Policy
  • Retirement Planning
  • Student Guidance
  • Transition Coaching/Outplacement
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Workplace Career Development

Heather is an established career professional with 28 years' experience in career guidance. She has worked at Auckland Grammar School and was Head of Careers at St Peter's College, Epsom for six years. Heather also taught on the previous AUT Graduate Diploma in Career Development. She has run Clear Path Careers seeing private clients since 2011. Clear Path Careers specialise in career coaching for adults and young people.
Heather is passionate about helping to transform lives and empower individuals through career decisions. She specialises in a range of assessments and in-depth coaching focusing on developing a clear path for career progression.

Heather specialises in working with individuals who may be stuck in their career planning. She enables each person to discard confusion and the fear of the future, by understanding their own uniqueness. She sets clear career goals with them and provides ongoing follow-up support.
In 2017, Heather completed specialised training with Smithells®NZ in the use of the Smithells® Career Planning System.
Heather is a Professional member of CDANZ, the Career Development Association of New Zealand.
Heather manages Clear Path Careers with her husband David. You can email Heather on