Wendy Carey

BA,LLB, Dip.Sec.Teaching, Grad Cert. Career Development

Wendy has a passion for career development and management and the critical importance these play in people’s lives. She has a broad background in secondary teaching & legal practice as a solicitor, and from 1994 to 2018 she headed up and managed the Careers Departments of two of New Zealand’s most highly regarded independent schools.

Drawing on this extensive professional experience – as well as her time as a mother of three daughters (all of whom are now pursuing their careers) – Wendy is able to bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her work, specialising in guiding and supporting secondary and tertiary students to identify best study and career directions. She has a keen interest in career development theory and practice and offers highly skilled support and guidance, using the best contemporary career assessment and guidance tools, including the New Zealand authored MyChoicesMatch and Career Dynamic programmes.

Wendy also has very comprehensive knowledge of all the N.Z. tertiary institution programmes and she works with clients to make sense of their assessment profiles, to then explore and evaluate opportunities, so they confidently make informed, optimal study and career decisions. 

Maintaining collaborative networks and strong relationships with the tertiary institutions is a very important aspect of Wendy's work, as well as frequently attending professional development workshops, seminars and conferences, to keep up-to-date with the ever-changing world of work and careers. She is a professional member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ), as well as the Career Planning and Adult Development Network, USA.

Tertiary Qualifications

  • Current Secondary Teacher Registration
    NZ Education Council

  • ChoicesMatch
    Career assessment tool (training in theory and delivery)

  • Career Dynamic Card Sorts
    Decision-making tool (Master Class)

  • CPP Strong Interest Inventory Certification

  • Post-Graduate Certificate of Career Development
    Edith Cowan University

  • Occupational Test User Registration Level 1
    Saville and Holdsworth, New Zealand

  • Career Certification, Career Solutions, Australia
    CareerMate Counsellor and Career Builder Trainer

  • Accredited International Career and Job Transition Coach Certification
    Career Planning and Adult Development Network U.S.A. – Richard Knowdell

  • LLB-BA
    University of Canterbury

  • Dip. Secondary Teaching
    Christchurch College of Education


  • CDANZ, Professional Member

  • Career Planning and Adult Development Network USA, Member