Summary of our work

As a careers and education consultant, Heather’s work covers many areas of this field:

Working with clients on career issues

As a careers counsellor she has provided one to one advice to people of all ages and stages, developing specialist skills in career decision-making. After working with hundreds of clients, young people and transitioning adults, Heather has developed a program –Choices Match -that draws on the strategies she uses in this area to help people make the connections that indicate their own best choices. ‘It’s too hard to work with all the people that email me for help – I will be referring them to this now. In the process they will be learning more about themselves and to identify what to look for to make the choices that work best for them. ’

Training career professionals in schools and career education providers

Heather gives training workshops and presentations on career tools and resources, and she is the NZ trainer for the Self Directed Search decision-making tool. Her areas of strength in training resources are decision-making, employability, and career management strategies for 21st century work.

Writing career education resources, books and tools

Heather’s books have been popular with the general population as well as career professionals, and her resources foster awareness of the skills required for self-management, career management, employability and success in 21st century work. Heather has also developed a number of computer based tools for decision-making used by schools, careers practitioners and international careers sites.

Facilitating transformational learning through Capable NZ

As a facilitator, academic mentor and assessor with Capable NZ, a school within Otago Polytechnic Heather works with innovative learning processes to help people gain degrees through work based learning. Credentialing opportunities occur at a number of levels. Some are able to prove prior experience and learning to graduate levels and gain a degree, many add some extra learning to their proven experience to meet the requirements of the qualifications.

Those people who are already graduates and want to upskill and develop expertise in their established fields through new learning can choose a Professional Practice qualification, a Graduate Diploma or Masters in Professional Practice. These work-based qualifications ask for research based projects that develop both the learner and their workplace, and these are designed around the needs of the candidate’s workplace or profession, their next step aspirations, and a contribution to their professional field.


Career Workshops 2016

  • NZCER Certification Workshop – The Self Directed Search » find out more
  • Identity and Career Choices – Contact Heather to find out more
  • Career Management Strategies: Top Tips for Young People – Contact Heather to find out more


Recent Career Presentations

  • CATE Conference Hamilton 2016 Choices Match – it’s different! A new, innovative and helpful tool for students and advisors
  • Marist College 2016 – The Career Maze – Guiding your children towards a successful future
  • Good Theory Good Practice, Perth 2016 – Masterclass: Evaluating a tool or resource: using your professional model of practice
  • CDANZ Symposium, Auckland 2014, Professional Identity
  • CATE Conference, Queenstown, 2013, Tools for Change-Making the Competencies simple.
  • CATE Conference Waitangi 2012  – Careers Leadership – developing the personal Brand you want.
  • CATE Conference Waitangi 2012 – What Career management really is – using very strategic knowledge to build new skills and concepts for 21st century work
  • CATE Conference, Rotorua 2011 – Assess Yourself, Express Yourself -Helping Young people with Identity Building and Self Knowledge.
  • CDANZ Research Conference – Keynote Speaker.  Auckland, 2011- Resilience, Courage and Inspiration – Celebrating the transformational impact of research.
  • Kings College, Auckland  2011 – 21st Century Careers – Essential skills and strategies
  • West Australia Department of Workforce Training, Perth 2011– ’21st Century careers – Building self, skills and Possibilities  (National Career Development Week, keynote presenter)
  • Good Theory Good Practice Conference, Perth, 2011-Powerful theory, Powerful practice – Develop your practice with the ideas you love most
  • EIT Staff Development Conference 2011 – Your Best Career -understanding 21st century skills and work.
  • South Island Gateway Conference 2010 – The Building Blocks of Career – how you can help
  • CDANZ Research Conference 2010 – Research as Transformational Practice – how it can all work together
  • CATE Conference, 2010, Auckland – The Self Managing Career – helping young people prepare for their future
  • Kings College, Auckland, 2010 ( Staff development)  Supporting Career Development and Achievement-helping young People Prepare for their future. 
  • Kings College, Auckland, 2010 – The Career Maze -Guiding your children towards a successful future.
  • International Boy’s School Conference, Hastings 2009 – Boys and the Career Maze – What are they really doing ?
  • CATE Conference 2008 New Plymouth- Conversations, Scripts and Strategies – Helping Parents with the career maze.

To express interest for future workshops or book presentations Contact Heather