We welcome Julie Pope to the role of CDANZ National Membership Administrator. We've invited Julie to introduce herself below. Please make her feel very welcome as you come into contact with her in her new role. 

"I am based in Silverstream – in the beautiful Hutt Valley, just outside Wellington and share our home with my 22 year old son Mattias; 17 year old daughter Shahana;  and our delightful little Bichon Sydney Silky, Bella.   My downtime is spent with family and friends and when the weather is good – you’ll find me on the local tennis court – my favourite pastime. 

I am an Australian born, proud Kiwi citizen having made Aotearoa my home for the last 22 years, after arriving in 1999 to commence a “very definite one year contract” with Auckland University of Technology.  After staying on with AUT until mid-2002, we then moved to Wellington and have no real desire to leave … except for the slightest temptation when we have those long runs of wet, windy winter days and my Queensland bones are crying for sunshine.

I’ve worked in the tertiary education sector for as long as I can remember – having been involved in the areas of student and career advice, assessing enrolment applications, as well as international student marketing and recruitment.  

During the day I work with Open Polytechnic, as a Student Advisor in the Student Journey Centre. This is a role I thoroughly enjoy, as it enables me to work with students in finding ways to enable them to achieve their personal and/or career goals.  And I’m excited to now be devoting some of my spare time in the evenings and weekends to my role as CDANZ National Membership Administrator.  I have been a Professional Member of CDANZ since early this year and see this as an excellent opportunity to become more involved in the Association, and to be able to support and guide others through the process of applying for, and renewing their CDANZ membership.

In early 2020, I completed my Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice (Career Practice), which was awarded with Distinction. This was a research-based qualification, which culminated in a paper on “Mid-Life Career Challenges and Strategies for Change”. I enjoyed every moment of my study towards that qualification and in many ways, was sad to see it end. However, it was as education should always be – not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire, and as such only fuelled my passion for career practice.

I’m looking forward to this next stage of my journey, as part the CDANZ team."