Career Clinic was established in 2012 by Caroline Sandford and Janet Tuck who both ran independent career practices. Collectively they have over 25 years experience in Careers having worked in the Education, Not for Profit, Corporate and Self Employment arenas. Both qualified with Masters and the Graduate Certificate in Career Development, they are also both professional members of the Career Development Association of New Zealand.
Through their backgrounds in Human Resources and Organisational Development and their current experience, they have real insight into the challenges of the current work environment, and offer practical advice and support.
Janet and Caroline are motivated to help their clients discover what they are truly passionate about, and to gain the confidence and knowledge to work towards their identified goals. They offer expertise in:
- Career Planning & Decision Making
- Practical tools for approaching the job market
- Coaching on how to write a powerful CV and how to succeed at the interview
- Workplace coaching
- Development programmes for organisations to increase engagement & retention
- Outplacement Support
- Behavioural & Personality Profiling
MMgt, BEd, DipTchg,Grad Cert Career Development, Professional Member of CDANZ, Accredited Administrator of DISC Instruments.
What I Do:
My life to date has been rich with learning about people, and full of a wonderful range of experiences that now inform and direct the work that I do with individuals, teams and organisations. As a career specialist, it's a real privilege to help in ways that enable others to make successful transitions. Working as an experienced and qualified consultant, I help with career planning at every stage of the career journey. The services apply equally well with individual clients, groups, and in organisations, and are customised to meet specific requirements. As a skilled facilitator, I work with groups on a variety of career related topics and on understanding and improving communication. These often lead to better staff engagement and improved performance. I provide strategic coaching to executives, business leaders and governance boards. I like to integrate DISC profiling tools into many of these processes.
I have always wanted to make a difference wherever I have been, with a keen interest in people, what makes them tick, and how they can be most effective. I started out as a teacher in my early working life, and really enjoyed working with children. When I left to raise my own children, I got involved with a variety of community groups where I discovered that I was a 'big-picture' thinker, and enjoyed strategic thinking. I enjoyed working alongside people around me in a more structured manner, helping them work out who they were and mentoring in ways that encouraged them to be the best they could be.The need to fit my life around a husband who had a very demanding job, saw us moving between cities in New Zealand, and then to Hong Kong. This meant that a more traditional career path was not an option. I continued work in the community, managed a child care center, and studied extramurally. Living in the wonderful city of Hong Kong, I began the process of redefining my own career aspirations, as I worked strategically with several people, helping them successfully transition in their careers and businesses.Returning to Auckland in 2002, I explored the world of politics, standing as a candidate in my own electorate for two elections, completing studies in business management, strategic governance, and career development along the way.
My Work Now:
I want New Zealand to continue growing into a really great little country, and believe that the most effective thing that I can do is to help people and organisations make successful transitions so that they can be more effective. I worked in my own private practice for several years, but am very excited to have now joined up with Caroline to form the Career Clinic and offer a more comprehensive range of professional services to a wider audience.
My Other Life:
Outside of this work, I am President of the Auckland Executive Club, a group for business and professional women. I am on the Board of a National organisation that works to promote dialogue amongst all the Christian faith communities, I read and am part of a bookgroup, I walk around and up One Tree Hill as often as possible, I mentor a few young people, and enjoy friends and family.
I am available for all the services outlined on this site. I also do Keynote speaking with presentations related to effectiveness in the world of work and careers. I am told they are informative, entertaining, and possibly challenging. I can also arrange Development Programmes and Workshops for business leaders, managers and teams, partnering with Human Technology Specialists to provide initiatives that focus on improving human performance, building leadership capability, and team building to address real issues using proven methods to deliver genuine change and growth
Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology (Hons.), Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Career Development
Professional Member CDANZ, Accredited Administrator of Myers Briggs Type Indicator & DISC Instruments
I have been working as a career specialist for over 15 years offering individual career support and running workshops for a wide variety of clients. I have extensive experience in career counselling, career transition, change management, coaching in job search and interview techniques, and writing CVs. I am passionate about careers and supporting individuals in their quest to find the path that is best suited to them.
I specialised in career work when returning to paid work, after taking time out to bring up my two children. I came from a Human Resources background having worked in the corporate sector in Human Resources and Productivity in Wellington. I had been through several transitions – moving from my home town in Christchurch, to Wellington and then to Auckland, losing my job through redundancy, having children and returning to work, and losing both my parents. I had a real desire to help people through their transitions, so decided to complete the Graduate Certificate in Career Development and established my own private practice – Future Directions Limited.
I successfully worked in private practice for four years, working with many individual clients, giving seminars to the Navy as well as contracting to the private career and outplacement organisation, CDL.
In 2002 I secured a part time role as a Career Counsellor at Unitec. For three years I worked one to one with students and the public, developed and ran workshops and tutored on an academic programme. The opportunity to lecture on the Graduate Diploma in Career Development at AUT was too good to turn down and so commenced that for two years lecturing in-class students and supporting distance students in their studies.
My husband’s work took us to Sydney for two years where I secured a role at Macquarie University, developing a career development programme for post-graduate research students. I also co-developed the Post Graduate Career Advisors Network (P-CAN) and co-ran the first Post Graduate event of career advisors throughout Australia.
My return to Auckland in 2008 saw the reestablishment of my private practice and contracting to Donington, a career and outplacement organization.
2012 saw the joining of forces with Janet Tuck to establish the “Career Clinic”. We are incredibly proud of our business, offering a wide range of professional services in the career field.
Besides the Graduate Certificate in Career Development from AUT, I have also obtained a Masters in Industrial Psychology (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts from Canterbury University.
I am a professional member of both the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ), a member of CDANZ since 1999, and spent two and a half years on the CDANZ National Executive after spending three years as secretary for the Auckland CDANZ branch.
Contact us to discuss how Career Clinic can assist you
As professional members of the Career Development Association of New Zealand, both Janet and Caroline adopt the
Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Career Practitioners