Lynley Soper Careers – designing your future
Career specialist Lynley Soper sees career development as learning how to design your own future. Based in Dunedin, with clients throughout New Zealand, Lynley’s own passion is working with people at all stages of their working life, who are looking for ways to tap into what drives them.
The aim is to help you gain clarity about what you are looking for in your career and create a career path to help you get there. Whether it’s your first, second or eleventh career, getting professional support is key to making the right career choice or planning the next steps in career development.
Career choice and career development – start how you want to continue
The longest period of our lives will be spent working – you want to make sure it’s doing something you enjoy. You can start with making a career choice that aligns with your strengths and what matters to you, and be open to where it takes you on your journey into working life.
Career development is about planning how to get the experience you need to secure the role you aspire to. With a clear goal in mind and a roadmap to follow, you can ensure each job you take is a step in the right direction. More about Lynley Soper Careers
Choosing your career
Do you want some clarity about what you are really looking for and what is out there that would click for you, based on your interests and skills? I can help you discover what career directions and opportunities could work for you. You may be surprised at the choices available.
Changing your career
Has your current career run its course or hit a wall? Maybe it’s time for a new direction. I offer professional advice and support on how to pivot from where you are into something new, how to use your transferrable skills and how you can prepare yourself for a career change.
Am I on the right track?
Do you feel as if you are in the wrong job? Are you not moving ahead in a way you feel happy with? It may be time to re-evaluate where you are and decide if it’s a change of company or a whole new challenge that you need to reignite the passion in your working life.
What makes you employable?
Employers are looking for a well-rounded person. If you want to stand out from other candidates with the same skills or qualifications as you, then you need a strong application.
We all have a range of transferrable skills gained from our previous work experience, community, volunteering and club involvement and other experiences will stand out.
It’s never too early or too late to start extending your experiences.
This means building a clear picture that shows who you are as a whole person and gives an employer a reason to want to meet you and find out more. On the job skills can be taught – what they are trying to figure out if are you someone who will fit into their organisation and complement their existing team.
Contact Lynley for help transitioning into your next career stage
Additional services available
- Interview skills
- Job search strategies
- LinkedIn profiles
- Application reviews
- First-year university paper planning
Lynley Soper Careers
Charlotte & Sam (Yrs 10 & 11)
We have found Lynley to be very helpful in giving us guidance and knowledge with our pathways for future careers. I would highly recommend Lynley to talk to about your future career and what subjects to take.
I never knew what I wanted to do once I left School, and I wanted my children to have an idea of where they were heading, what subject choices to make, Our daughters friend recommended Lynley to us. Lynley has been amazing, she spent an afternoon with our daughter and she now has an idea of what she would like to do with her life, her strengths, weaknesses and passions. She is very thorough, relates well to young adults and provides a great service. Worth every cent.
Hannah (Yr 13) Southland
After completing the online survey and one on one appointment with Lynley Soper I am feeling focused on my final year at high school and have ideas to point me in the right direction for my next few years of tertiary training. The session didn’t so much narrow my options and set them in concrete, but highlight my strengths and the opportunities available to me. I would definitely recommend this career planning work to anyone, any age, that is serious about heading down a pathway that is right for them.
Lynley has been instrumental in providing me the tools to really evaluate both my current and future career pathways, allowing me to create space in my own head to make positive decisions for the future. I am incredibly grateful to Lynley for her calm and insightful guidance during our sessions that really do focus you as an individual. I cannot recommend Lynley enough to anyone who is seeking change in their career or wishing to pursue study options.
Shelley, North Otago
Lynley provided a one on one session tailor made for our two daughters, where they learnt things about themselves that they didn’t know and became aware of career choices that they had not thought about or had passed over. They came away feeling like they had a direction to work towards to.
We have found Lynley honest, very approachable, open, easy to relate to and knows her stuff! Most importantly our girls enjoyed working with Lynley.
We would thoroughly recommend Lynley’s services to any parent/child that is feeling overwhelmed in career planning.
Lara, Te Anau
4 years out of high school and I was feeling a little lost. Lynley helped me to assess what was important to me in my career, what skills I already had & narrow down what I wanted to do. She then assisted me in doing research so I could get that dream career! I’m well underway with study & am a lot more confident in my future!
Our children saw Lynley during their senior years at high school.
She made them aware of where their learning strengths were/are and where their passions lay – she goes through this in depth. Her knowledge in this area opens up many options which are available for students, which they not have been aware of before.
With this information, they were then able to ensure they were taking the subjects that would see them be able to apply for the courses they were interested in.
Our eldest son thought it would be a “waste of time”. After his session with Lynley said it was “great” and proceeded to amend his subjects so he could ensure that he had pathways open.
Gaylene, Central Otago
“We are grateful for the time that you have spent with our daughter working through career options, identifying her strengths and helping broaden her thoughts around tertiary study. She has come home really excited about the prospects of her last year at school along with working through her options for university. It was great to see her enthusiasm and how her ideas have expanded around the career path that she is planning following the session with you.
Once again from us, a huge thank you Lynley for walking her through this journey, it exceeded our expectations.”