Otago Polytechnic
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Grant Verhoeven

Bachelor of Social Services (with specialties in Career Practice, Counselling, Disability Support and Coordination or Mental Health Support)

Grant Verhoeven graduated with his Bachelor of Social Services Career Practice in 2015, through Capable NZ at Otago Polytechnic.

Grant has significant involvement in the career development profession.  He is on the executive committee for Career Development Association of New Zealand (CDANZ), the professional development committee of the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, Australasia (NAGCAS), and he presents at national conferences, conducts research and encourages upcoming career practitioners.

In his role of Career Development Consultant at Massey University, Grant manages the career and employability service on the Wellington campus.  Within this, he enhances student digital career literacy, an important new field in career management.  For this work, he was awarded the Rising Star Award at the National Association of Graduate Career Advisory Services.

Grant is an active member of the community, serving as a mentor on the ‘Inspiring Stories Trust Live the Dream’ programme which develops young New Zealand entrepreneurs.  He is also a trustee on the Wellington Life Education Trust.

Before becoming a career professional, Grant ran an award-winning sales business as a young entrepreneur and he’s a past president of the International Coach Federation NZ Central Branch.

Grant says he has a passion for discovering the potential of aspiring New Zealanders.

“I believe everyone brings a set of unique strengths and talents to everything they do and my role is helping to understand and unlock these”.

Read about the Bachelor of Social Services.

See the 2017 Otago Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni.