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Jackie Dean (Manager)

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Jackie has many years’ experience working in schools, colleges and university careers services in the UK and New Zealand. She has also worked within the disability sector. Jackie is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) and holds postgraduate qualifications in teaching and careers guidance.

Jackie has expertise in a variety of roles. In addition to working in the private and public sectors, she has set up and run three business ventures in the North Island. Jackie can help you with one-to-one guidance and career counselling, and assistance with CVs, cover letters and job search strategies.

Jackie is the Career Development Centre's contact for the Division of Sciences.

Take a look at Jackie’s LinkedIn profile.

Contact Jackie
Tel 64 3 479 8243
Fax 64 3 479 9148
Email jackie.dean@otago.ac.nz

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Jo Budai (Career Adviser)Jo_Budai

Jo has been working in the field of career development since 1998, much of which has been in the Healthcare sector. She has a Graduate Diploma in Career Development and is a Master Practitioner in NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Jo is also MBTI® Certified (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality profiling tool) and is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ).

Career planning, career decision-making, gaining clarity, job search, and making applications are all things Jo can help you with, either through one-to-one coaching or group sessions.

Jo is the Career Development Centre’s contact for the School of Business.

Take a look at Jo's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Jo
Tel 64 3 479 8372
Email jo.budai@otago.ac.nz

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Yvonne Gaut (Postgraduate and International Career Adviser)

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Yvonne is the specialist career adviser for postgraduate and international students and has worked at the University of Otago's Career Development Centre since 2001. Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) as well as a Master of Career Development and is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ).

Yvonne is passionate about supporting future, current and graduated students in career decision making. She is skilled in career coaching and career counselling and seeks to inspire the students she works with to be confident, open-minded and active in their career planning. Talk to Yvonne about a job search strategy, feedback for application documents CV and cover letters, interview skills, tests and assessments advice. She also runs workshops focusing on interview practice and professional career management skills.

Yvonne is the Career Development Centre's contact for the Division of Health Sciences.

Connect with Yvonne on LinkedIn

Read Yvonne’s Blog

Contact Yvonne
Tel 64 3 479 9149
Fax 64 3 479 9148
Email yvonne.gaut@otago.ac.nz

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Petra Hass (Career Adviser)

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Petra is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ), holds a Bachelor of Social Services majoring in Career Practice and is an experienced vocational trainer. Petra worked in the publishing industry in Germany and has held various roles within the New Zealand social services sector, including the Ministry of Social Development and several disability support services within the Otago region.

Petra offers expert career support to students, intending students and graduates. She can help you with one-to-one career advice and guidance (in English and German). Petra assists with career planning, building your CV and cover letter, can help with interview preparation and developing your job search strategy. She also runs workshops to strengthen your interpersonal, communication and networking skills.

Petra is the Career Development Centre's contact for the Division of Humanities.

Connect with Petra on LinkedIn

Contact Petra
Tel 64 3 479 5354
Fax 64 3 479 9148
Email petra.hass@otago.ac.nz

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Lynley Soper (Career Adviser)

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Lynley has graduate qualifications in Marketing and Career Development, a Diploma in Professional Coaching, and is a Member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ). She has a background in the social services sector, and in private careers practice, specialising in career coaching and working with teenagers and young adults making early career plans and decisions.

Lynley provides career support for prospective and current students. She can help you with individual career guidance, your CV & cover letter, interview skills and strategies for finding work.

Lynley is a Career Development Centre contact for the Division of Sciences.

Take a look at Lynley's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Lynley
Tel: 03 479 9149
Fax: 03 479 9148
Email: lynley.soper@otago.ac.nz

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Emily Lucas (Graduate Recruitment Co-ordinator)

CDC staff 2017 ELEmily completed a BA in German and Political Studies and a DipGrad in Marketing Management at the University of Otago. Since graduating, Emily has worked and travelled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and New Zealand and has held various positions in global HR, recruitment and administration.

Emily facilitates and develops external links with industry to ensure that there are ample opportunities for University of Otago students and graduates. Emily is responsible for managing and organising on-campus employer graduate recruitment activities, including employer presentations, career fairs and expos. She is also charged with enhancing student experience at Otago by providing career seminars and workshops on contemporary recruitment practices and trends, career management and topics related to students’ transition into the world of work.

Take a look at Emily's LinkedIn profile.

Contact Emily
Tel 64 3 479 8372
Mob 64 21 279 8372
Email graduate.recruitment@otago.ac.nz

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Karen Stephenson (Career Support Officer)

Our friendly career support officer, Karen, provides administrative support for the Career Development Centre and as a first point of contact can assist you with general enquiries and appointment bookings.

Contact
Tel 64 3 479 8244 ext. 8244
Fax 64 3 479 9148
Email careers@otago.ac.nz

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