September 5, 2023

Joy - a small word with a big impact

What comes to mind when you see the word “joy”? Maybe a memory flash of an occasion or activity you have particularly enjoyed or are eagerly anticipating.

Joy is that feeling of happiness or pleasure about something or someone. It can be in any aspect of your life. It may be experienced in a moment or in waves; it could be quiet or exultant, about something small or significant; it might be experienced when alone or in the company of others.  

I decided to write about joy on the 5-year anniversary of co-founding The Career Development Company. Embarking on a late career change following a redundancy has been invigorating and at times nerve-wracking. Establishing the habit of noticing, creating and being grateful for moments of joy has helped quieten my negative self-talk and replenish energy. As a career practitioner, creating strategies to silence the inner critic and build confidence to work towards a goal is a common need for clients experiencing a painful or transformational time in their career.  

The article Joy: a review of the literature concludes “… joy potentiates action and is energising. Joy provides the motivational resources to act, to intervene, to improve. Joy is also often contagious.”  

Some questions that might help reflect on what joy and sharing joy means to you:  

  • How do you define, experience and express “joy” in different settings (cultural, family, workplace)?
  • What are some of your memorable moments of joy (in the past hours, week, month, year)?  
  • How do you respond to others in their moment of joy?
  • How might you spark more joy in your work and life roles?
  • What kills your joy or might get in the way of experiencing joy?  
  • What regular practices might you put in place to build habits around joy?

If you have any thoughts on this topic or would like an introductory conversation about experiencing joy in your career, please contact us.  

To learn more, visit or  You can join us for a conversation on our career mahi and navigating career decisions in this short video .

Julie Thomas, Executive Director  


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Whatever stage you are at in your career journey, making decisions about your future can often be overwhelming. Our services will help bring clarity and support, so that you can effectively navigate the next step in your journey to achieve your desired outcome.

Our career practitioners will work with you to demystify and simplify the process and equip you with the right tools and the knowledge to make good decisions for your future.

Sessions are tailored to the individual so you can gain the outcome that you want.  Two to four sessions are typically required.

What can we help you with?

  • Understanding who you are, and what you have to offer
  • Clarity about your future career direction
  • Understanding the labour market
  • Strategies for achieving your goal, with realistic steps to make that happen
  • Developing your career profile to ensure effective personal branding.
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Your need for external career development services may be identified:

  • during workforce or business planning
  • in setting milestones for an organisational change project
  • through staff engagement reports or exit surveys
  • from client feedback
  • for delivery to students or trainees, or
  • from evaluations of learning and development programmes.
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The Career Development Company offers specialist expertise and support to education providers, helping them design, develop, and deliver career development programmes and services.  Students and trainees also need support to navigate transitions between education, training, and employment.

As a team we are committed to helping learners connect their learning with the world of work and who they will become: their future selves. We will work with you to support student and trainee engagement, understanding and a desire for lifelong learning.

What can we help you with?

  • Developing or strengthening your current career development programmes and services to enhance the outcomes for your students and trainees
  • Training staff to engage in effective career conversations with staff, students, or trainees, using our unique RECI™ model for effective career conversations.
  • Presenting topical career development seminars and workshops for staff, students, trainees, and parents
  • Providing individual and group career coaching and counselling or professional supervision sessions for staff, students, and trainees
  • Providing professional development for teaching staff in the integration of the ‘world of work’ into the classroom
  • Supporting career staff to design, develop and deliver evidence-based career development programmes
  • Advising on and/or lead the review, design, and development of New Zealand career-specific qualifications, programmes, and assessment.
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The Career Development Company is an approved All-of-Government provider of HR-Career Development Services. We are confident our career development services will benefit your organisation, managers, and staff.  Our career development expertise complements existing management and HR/OD functions. By taking an active role in your staff’s careers, you can create an environment of trust, openness, and increased engagement and satisfaction.

What can we help you with?

  • Support for organisational change - support your staff to develop skills and confidence to manage their career transitions in times of change, with our career transition and outplacement service.
  • Support for individual career development - encourage your staff to take responsibility for their life-long career development through our individual career development services.
  • Support for manager development -support managers to develop the confidence to have effective career conversations, and to grow in their role and with the organisation through mentoring. 
  • Support to deliver services to your client and community groups - support your organisation to develop or strengthen career development programmes and services to enhance the outcomes for your clients, students, or trainees.
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The Career Development Company is an advocate for professionalism in the careers industry and for the valuable role that professional associations and bodies play. As a team we are currently members of CDANZ, CATE, HRNZ, ICF, CDAA, CEAV, AI Forum, Women AI (WAI) Forum, Maori and Pasifika Career Practitioners Network, National Council of Women New Zealand, Office of Ethnic Communities Women to Women (W2W) Group. We are committed to supporting practitioners to continue to develop their competencies and to work ethically for positive outcomes for their clients.

  • Professional supervision or mentoring to grow in your current role and as a practitioner
  • Career coaching and counselling for your career journey
  • Professional development in effective career conversations
  • Support with the design and delivery of career development programmes and services.
  • ... and much more!

To develop and review your career profile with confidence, contact us today.