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Jackie Dean

Jackie Dean imageManager

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.

Contact Jackie

Tel +64 3 479 8243
Fax +64 3 479 9148
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Jo Budai

Jo Budai imageCareer Adviser

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.

Contact Jo

Tel +64 3 479 8372
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Yvonne Gaut

Yvonne Gaut imagePostgraduate and International Career Adviser

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.

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Contact Yvonne

Tel +64 3 479 9149
Fax +64 3 479 9148
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Petra Hass

Petra Hass imageCareer Adviser

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.

Contact Petra

Tel +64 3 479 5354
Fax +64 3 479 9148
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Lynley Soper


Career Adviser

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.

Contact Lynley

Tel +64 3 479 9149
Fax +64 3 479 9148
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Lucy Dodds

Lucy Dodds imageGraduate Recruitment Co-ordinator

Lucy holds a BA in English and is an experienced Recruitment Co-ordinator. She has worked across a variety of sectors, in New Zealand and internationally, ranging from corporate and not-for-profit organisations to higher education. Lucy has a strong human resources background and is skilled in coaching, management, contract recruitment and interviewing.

Lucy facilitates and develops external links with industry to ensure that there are ample opportunities for University of Otago students and graduates. Lucy manages and organises on-campus employer graduate recruitment activities, including employer presentations and Otago's career 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.

Contact Lucy

Tel +64 3 479 8372
Mob +64 21 279 8372
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Mena Taripo

Mena Taripo imageProgrammes Co-ordinator

Mena is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in business psychology. Mena coordinates the programmes offered at the Career Development Centre which are currently Otago Mentor Match and OtagoExtra.

Mena also oversees the CDC Career Ambassadors and works closely with this student team to promote the Career Development Centre and bring the student voice to the table. Alongside these tasks, Mena is also responsible for the coordination of the Prime Minister Scholarship for Asia student selection for Otago students.

Mena is always keen to hear from students and departments with ideas on bringing the CDC’s programmes to students.

Contact Mena

Tel +64 3 479 8372
Otago Mentor Match
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Karen Stephenson

Karen Stephenson imageCareer 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.


Tel +64 3 479 8244 ext. 8244
Fax +64 3 479 9148

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