Lynley is an experienced career professional, with a passion for helping young people make a strong and positive start to their career path, and supporting people at any stage in their career to develop clarity about their career decisions and plans for the future, in order to live fuller, more satisfying lives, doing work they enjoy.
As a member of the Smithells® Group, New Zealand’s first network of independent career professionals, Lynley is fully trained in the use of the Smithells® Career Planning System, providing individual career planning to teenagers and young adults.
Lynley holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Development from AUT University, a degree in Business Studies (Massey University), is a Licensed Smithells®NZ Professional and a Professional Member of the Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ). She is currently completing a diploma in Professional Coaching.
Lynley comes from a farming background and has lived and worked in rural communities for many years, particularly in the Agriculture, Tourism and Social Sectors. She has lived, worked and studied in a wide variety of settings and is fascinated by diversity of career stories and experiences.
Lynley works from her office-base in rural Northern Southland and sees clients in a number of locations throughout Southland and Otago, including Queenstown, Invercargill and Dunedin and other smaller centres along the way.
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.SC Alexandra
Thanks so much for seeing Georgie. Your consultation seemed to make a huge difference when she was agonising about her decision and we are grateful you were able to help her so much. Your advice is well beyond what we are able to give her! I know you have provided ‘light’ to other kids who have felt completely overwhelmed by planning their futures as well.Mary Lindsay, Southland
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.Charlotte & Sam (Yrs 10 & 11)
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.Hannah (Yr 13) Southland
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!Lara, Te Anau