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Career development is basis to lifelong success

Career development is basis to lifelong success

Last updated 21 November 2017
Last updated 21 November 2017

Career development is a cornerstone to New Zealanders managing their learning and work choices for lifelong success. 

A prominent fixture on the careers industry calendar is the Career Development Association of New Zealand’s (CDANZ) annual national symposium. It’s an opportunity for career practitioners, industry thought leaders and researchers to share and discuss leading practice and research in career development.

This year the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) joined the symposium. We discussed our new role as the Government’s careers agency, providing career services from education through to employment. We shared findings from our pilot career mentoring programme for migrants, and examples of effective and culturally relevant career development practice to raise rangatahi aspirations. CDANZ and government have worked collaboratively over many years within the careers system, and we look forward to continuing this relationship.

This year CDANZ’s celebrates 20 years as a professional body articulating sound career practice and advocating the value of career development in New Zealand. Many of TEC’s career development staff are members of CDANZ. A number of our staff were acknowledged by CDANZ for their involvement, including Jean Ottley who completed a three-year term on CDANZ’s National Executive. We are particularly proud of Julie Thomas, TEC’s General Manager, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, who received life membership for her significant contribution to CDANZ and career development in New Zealand.

Career development has evolved

“I’ve been in the careers industry for more than 20 years and one thing hasn’t changed - the need for career information, advice and support at all ages and life stages,” says Julie.

“We are fortunate to have dedicated people providing careers, work and learning support in education settings, communities and workplaces.”

Julie says the way we deliver career information, advice and support has evolved, including the increase in availability of online information and support as part of the service offer.

“The context of today’s labour market in which career decisions are made has changed significantly, leading to a heightened understanding of the skills or competencies required to navigate more complex career journeys. And the need for those providing the support and those influencing the careers system to make the pathway more connected.”

Shaping the future of career information and advice

The TEC is going to be bold and ambitious in connecting New Zealanders to the knowledge and skills they need to achieve lifelong success.

We now have end-to-end influence in the careers system – from schools through to tertiary study and the workforce, including mid- and late-life career changers. This provides us with a great opportunity to improve connections between schools, TEOs, and business.  

Right now, we are developing our career system strategy which will determine the future role we’ll take in the careers system. This will include the key role we will play in ensuring that our country’s careers service is aligned and linked to meet the needs of New Zealanders now and into the future.

To achieve this we will work collaboratively with others in the careers system, such as other government agencies, education providers, employers and industry professionals including CDANZ. We want all New Zealanders to be confident that their ongoing education and training choices will lead them to the jobs they want now, and up-skill them for the future.


Front page photo caption: TEC Career Development Consultant, Vanessa Masoe (on the left), providing career advice.