Amanda Smidt

Amanda Smidt

Executive Director

Amanda has enjoyed a career spanning secondary education, vocational and industry training, and career development. With a systems theory worldview, Amanda’s work has at its heart people and context. She advocates for, and values, the transformative influence authentic life-long learning can have on individuals’ motivation to envision and enact a meaningful future self. Of interest to her, are the challenges and opportunities this presents for career practice, particularly in education and training.

  • Programme design, development, leadership and delivery
  • Qualification and standards review, design and development
  • Resource design, development and delivery
  • Professional standards and competencies review and development
  • Research, writing and reviewing across a range of contexts
  • Presenting at conferences and events
  • Career counselling, career coaching, supervision and mentoring
  • PMCDANZ, Member CATE
  • Sub-project lead CDANZ Professionalism Project
  • Member of the institutional advisory board for NZ career development qualification

Smidt, A. (2018). Nurturing possible selves. Paper presented at 2018 Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ) Symposium, Wellington, NZ.

Smidt, A.J. (2018). Strategies for career education in New Zealand schools to foster 21st-century career development. Masters Thesis, Capable, Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand.

  • Master of Professional Practice (Career Development). Otago Polytechnic, NZ
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Career Theory and Career Counselling). AUT, NZ
  • Higher Diploma in Education (Secondary). University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • The Royal Society of New Zealand/MoRST – Teacher Fellowship Award (2006)