About CDES

At CDES, it’s our job to support students as they navigate the world of work.

Contact us

Career Development and Employability Services
Room 151, Level 1, Kate Edger Information Commons
2 Alfred St
Auckland Central
Phone: +64 9 923 6385 ext 86385
Email: careers@auckland.ac.nz

Our services

We assist University of Auckland students (as well as graduates up to three years after graduation) with all aspects of career development.  

Our vision is to help graduates develop the capabilities to successfully self-manage and navigate their world of work, life and learning.

This will enable you to:  

  • Realise your potential
  • Move towards a personally determined and evolving future
  • Be positive contributors to local, national and global communities

How can CDES help?


MyCDES is your one-stop-shop to access our range of services.

On MyCDES you can:

  • Schedule a face to face appointment
    You can make an appointment with a Career Development Consultant.
  • Book your place for our workshops
    You can develop your CV and cover letters, learn about career planning, interview, networking and job search skills.
  • Browse our Job Board
    We advertise a range of opportunities, including internships and graduate programmes, part-time/casual roles and full-time positions.
  • Access CDES modules and resources
    We have developed interactive online modules covering topics such as 'How to create a CV' and 'How to find work and create opportunities'.
  • Book your place for CDES employer events
    We organise recruitment events, career expos, and employer workshops throughout the year that cater to a wide range of students.

Careers drop-in and appointments

Do you have a quick career-related question or want to get a final check on your CV or cover letter? Come to our daily drop-in:

Virtual Drop-in (no appointment necessary)
Monday - Friday
Room 151, Level 1, Kate Edger Information Commons

Note: We recommend that you attend a CV workshop or complete our online module (select 'CDES: How to create a CV' in the resources section) before coming along to a CV drop-in.

Our people

Meet our award-winning Career Development Consultants and Employer Engagement team.

Sarah Moyne - CDES Manager

Career Development Consultants

John Dorado - International
Lisa Adams-Broyd - Arts
Liz Barry - Medical and Health Sciences
Lorraine Henry - Māori/Education and Social Work
Pepe Afeaki - Māori and Pacific Employability
Samantha Standley - Science
Sarah Moyne - Postgraduate
Sela Pole-Fehoko - Pacific/Arts
Shannon Ring - Creative Arts and Industries/Engineering/International Internships

Employer Engagement Team

Kate Coley - Employer Engagement Manager
Merissa Purwadi - Employer Engagement Assistant
Rafilya Wilson - Events Planner

Our impact

Student feedback

  • "The support from CDES was invaluable, they have loads of resources, tools and networks to tap into which is ideal for career planning."
  • "Without the help of CDES, I would not have received some of the jobs and scholarships I applied for, so I am very grateful for it."
  • "The CDES team has great tools and it’s worth getting in touch early in your studies so you’re prepared when the right job comes along!"

Employer feedback

  • "Fantastic staff, great communications, good problem solving and collaborative approach."
  • "Like I say, flawless. I really enjoy working with [the University of Auckland] on events. Never a problem and there's always someone to help if I need it."
  • "[CDES Career Expo] was a well knitted event to bring the recruiters and the future generation of bright young minds together under one roof and provide them with a platform to share the current trends and provide exposure to the students and giving them an opportunity to choose their future."