Facilitating Independent Learning in tertiary education – new pathways to achievement
Facilitating Independent Learning in Tertiary Education – new pathways to achievement

I worked for over 10 years facilitating and hearing the story of learner success in gaining tertiary qualifications as they unpacked the skills and knowledge of their careers and addressed the work-based issues and challenges of  their work-based contexts.

These processes occurred through an innovative facilitation model and the learning processes explained in this book. Personalised learning is seen as the future of education and the learning pathways at Capable NZ through  Independent Learning Pathways and Professional Practice degrees provided a model for this.  Learner voices from the research are used to illustrate and evidence the transformative nature of the reflective learning process.  

The model is about equity and entry into the world of qualifications – a door shut to many by traditional process.  The pathways recognised that all skills, work and backgrounds have value; and offered a second chance for mature and experienced learners to gain qualifications, removing barriers that traditionally face workers.  

As a career specialist, I have utilised my careers research to look beyond the achievement of a degree to the impact of these learning experiences on 21st century career development, observing the  new career and learning confidence the graduates bring to their work, as well as a  heightened enthusiasm for lifelong learning. 

This book is a professional development asset for educators and career practitioners to discover processes and models  that provide opportunity, respect different knowledges, remove learning barriers and build  the relationships that grow learning and career confidence.


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Your 21st Century Career

I have used a range of self-assessment tools which readers can utilise (or practitioners can facilitate) to illustrate approaches to managing your career in the 21st century – these are both very inspiring and very freeing for you, the career creator, if you understand and use them.

No matter your age and stage of life, there are learnings that can help you develop a happier and more satisfying career; simple understandings and strategies that allow you to find the path you want and work in a way that better suits you.

Use these ‘thinking frameworks’ to better understand you and your best career choices. 

Success in 21st century careers depends on changing our thinking, strategies and behaviours to those that work in the new ever-changing and challenging environment of careers; so this is the book to expand your knowledge, free up your thinking, and offer you inspiration and strategies to meet the challenges of the times.


Heather Carpenter’s book brings together world class research and practical experience to offer valuable insights into this critical part of everyone’s life.
Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics, Lincoln University

‘Your 21st century career ‘ is a concise, clear, readable guide and resource for everyone: students, parents, twenty-somethings,  mid-life career changers, and career practitioners. It is everyone’s go-to must-read book for confidently and effectively managing the challenging world of work and careers….
Wendy, Careers Practitioner, Auckland

If you are just starting in your career, or seeking growth or change, this book has much to offer you.

I love so many parts of it…I like accumulating my career capital and my psychological capital.

Kathy, Careers Specialist, Christchurch.

Your book “Your 21st Century Career” has been the boost in the midst of mid-winter malaise that I needed. I have particularly enjoyed the career capital exercises. I have been sharing concepts from the book with both staff and my grown-up family….

Geoff, Career Practitioner, Gisborne.


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The Career Maze – Guiding Your Children Towards a Successful Future

“Our job as parents and career practitioners is to help young people come to know their unique and individual selves well enough to choose the right paths to move forward into becoming competent adults they desire to be” (p13, The Career Maze.).

This book is a guide for parents to help their children build the foundations for early career choices, and lifelong career progress, giving practical ways to

  • grow aspirations, and self-belief – essential pre requisites for career confidence
  • help your child grow in self-knowledge- the key to choosing the career paths that create motivation, achievement and satisfaction
  • use simple exercises and strategies with your children to create real and helpful career conversations
  • learn how to lay the groundwork for future employability and resilience….


A  great book for influencing all ‘us’ parents ………a fabulous and well needed focus.
Sharee, Parent, Dunedin

It was great to have your book to recommend to parents. It is so easy to read with good practical advice.

Denise, Careers Consultant, Otago.

You have brought together a wealth of sensible advice, supported by robust research, which will be really useful for parents and anyone working with young people thinking about career options.

David, Vocational Consultant.


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Understanding Holland – Interests, Themes and Stories

‘A kind of an interview about life histories’

While we make many job choices in a 21st century career, they are usually connected by particular themes. What are – or will be – the themes of our working lives?

John Holland’s work has provided a well evidenced model for career practitioners for over 50 years – but it is also widely misunderstood. The model allows enormous flexibility of use to play a role in diagnostic discussion for you and insightful self-assessment for the client – particularly when we talk about themes rather than codes. Holland is NOT about putting people into ‘fixed boxes.’ Holland himself called his process   ‘a kind of an interview about life histories,’ and saw interests as a key explainer of work motivation and orientation. Using his theory in new updated language allows us to highlight the client’s interests and themes for their future or current working lives, and stories  which the practitioner can use and develop to meet client’s needs. We can use this valuable theory with revised language and simple tools to achieve this goal.

This package contains educative material, cards, tasks and ideas for self-assessment and insights for clients of all ages:

  • An Informative document PDF aligning the resources with the original Holland model and theory,
  • Self-assessment, Start Card and Job Clouds tools that can be printed and laminated for table-top use, or used on screen, with suggestions for use.
  • A completion sheet to track your progress with Understanding Holland.

This will allow for PD hours ( to be advised) .

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Career Conversations

A workbook to help parents help their children to grow their dreams and aspirations, and build confidence for future careers

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The Career Maze – guiding your children towards a successful future”: Paperback: $30 + shipping (calculated at checkout)

Good Career Conversations – a guide for parents: free


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start cards
Discussion Tools

Here are a range of tools that can be used for one to one or group discussion, either face to face or on a remote session / distance call. 

Start Cards

Based on the Self- Directed Search these theme cards have been a favourite tool for many who require a short efficient tool if they are time limited. They can lead to lengthy in-depth discussions on life themes as well.These need to be printed as Cards. A Card template is provided to download for this – it can be done very cheaply.

Compass Tool 

This is an excellent self-rating tool for school students which makes the connections between their learning, skills interests and potential industries for work. Clear and easy to follow.    

Assessing Career Capital 

This exercise has been used successfully with all ages – it comes as a surprise to younger students that they can intentionally build career capital, and for older clients this gives them a chance to make explicit and examine their knowledge, motivational and network capital. 


Downloadable resource

Individual client use (up to 5 copies) – $35.00
Schools/organisations use ( multiple copies ) – $75.00

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