Turn your career questionnaire results into a practical career action plan
Finding your dream job may seem impossible but, in reality, discovering a career path that suits you well is easier than you think.
If you are aged 15-30 years, then Smithells®NZ has developed a system designed to help you figure out the specific career paths you are likely to enjoy and do well at.
As a complete career planning system, Smithells®NZ combines online questionnaires with high-quality face to face career counselling to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself so that you can develop clear career directions.
Smithells®NZ – New Zealand’s Trusted Career Planning System
Smithells®NZ questionnaires have helped over 20,000 young people discover their career path
Smithells®NZ has been effective for over 25 years
100% New Zealand owned and operated
Meet Lesley – Your Approved Smithells®NZ Professional
Hi, I’m Lesley. I’m a career professional and coach with a depth of experience in an interesting blend of people-centred roles. People that I work with tell me that I am approachable, encouraging and supportive.
My own career journey has been exciting, adventurous, challenging and rewarding and it offers me a useful perspective and value in my work with clients.
I initially trained as a Physiotherapist, and during my “OE” to Canada I took the opportunity to specialise in Hand Therapy, gaining an insight into a wide range of occupations and industries.
At the end of my OE, we decided to sail our yacht back home across the Pacific, which gave me a wonderful experience of different cultures along the way.
Back in New Zealand, during my sons’ secondary school years, I used my career in physiotherapy by volunteering as a Physiotherapist to the Northland Secondary School rep rugby team.
When my sons were nearing the end of their teenage years, I was determined to set them up for a rewarding, enjoyable career path, so I took them on a road trip (by train and bus!) around New Zealand visiting tertiary institutions. They were delighted to discover their own preferred and enjoyable careers as a result.
After my boys left for university, I decided to complete my own Bachelor Business Studies. I added a Graduate Diploma in Career Development, and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. This gave me an understanding of the education sector and qualification frameworks which inform my career development work. I also undertook the Smithell’s training to become an Approved Smithells® Professional. I have a strong belief in ethical business and also work with young people in my role with Rotary International.
I am passionate about helping people see possibilities and move forward positively as they consider their personal and career options.
My areas of expertise
Career Development Coaching
Training and Facilitation
Human Resource Management
Outplacement and Career Transition
My industry sector experience
Small Business Management
Finance and Investment Advising