Career Development Association of New Zealand


Muriel Willem

Muriel Willem

Career and Employment Specialist
BEd. Dip Teaching Sec.Post Grad Diploma in Career Development.
Professional Memberships


  • Career Coaching
  • Career Counselling
  • Career Programme Design and Development
  • Graduate Guidance
  • Group Facilitation and Training
  • Interview Coaching
  • Job Search Coaching
  • Organisational Development
  • Personality/Behaviour Profiling
  • Professional CV Preparation
  • Psychometric Assessments
  • Student Guidance
  • Transition Coaching/Outplacement
  • Vocational Assessment
  • Career Development and Mental Heath

Muriel Willem has more than 30 years’ experience in the careers and education sectors, and is passionate about achieving positive outcomes for people at any stage in their career development, from school leavers to those changing careers or reskilling later in life.

Muriel established Career Focus NZ in 2014 and works with both individuals and employers across Tai Tokerau to navigate all aspects of career guidance and development. Specialist areas include career coaching and development, including pathway development for young people, guidance for career changers and employer assistance to support staff through employment changes.

Muriel has specific experience working with young people, Māori and Pacific communities and people living with mental health issues and disabilities. She is highly regarded in the secondary and tertiary education sectors for her ability to engage young people in a positive way, helping them understand their opportunities and realise their potential.

She is also highly experienced working with industry and government agencies, guiding employers and their staff through 90 day trials, exit packages, restructures and other changes, to ensure all parties feel well supported. Her highly positive and professional approach builds strong confidence in her processes, as well as her commitment to fairness and confidentiality. Some of these services are registered with the COVID-19 Business Advisory Fund. Find out more by visiting

Muriel believes that everyone deserves a working life that is rewarding, satisfying and that fits individuals' personal and work values. With her extensive networks and knowledge of the marketplace, Muriel empowers clients to realise their potential, recognise their skills, values and aspirations. She takes great satisfaction in helping people to grow and to find purpose in their personal and professional lives.