Meet Sharon Jefferies, Employment Consultant based in Hamilton.

Sharon has been working at the Blind Foundation for three years now, covering a wide variety of responsibilities over that time.

Sharon’s job covers career development including providing assessment tools, CV, and cover letter support, mock interview tips, networking and job search strategies.

Sharon also supports clients on a range of challenges in their workplace including advocacy, disability rights, restructuring and job support processing for Workbridge.

In her role as Employment Consultant Sharon also works with BLENNZ on Tertiary Planning workshops and provides study and training support for clients in Waikato, New Plymouth, and Bay of Plenty regions.

Sharon has held many leadership positions in numerous committees and projects. She previously ran her own small company in career setting with staff, held and still holds several head coach roles, and led and developed the careers team at the University of Waikato.

Bringing this experience with her to the Blind Foundation, Sharon has worked on passing these leadership skills to clients. At January’s Taupo Summer camp Sharon held a session for the young leaders focused on the qualities of a great leader and how to develop those skills over the week.

Sharon loves being able to see clients put their leadership skills into action, “my favorite part is seeing clients motivating other members to achieve; mentoring and supporting each other and gaining confidence in communicating and self-advocating.”

When Sharon isn’t busy making a difference for clients she enjoys being involved with horses and sports, “I love X-country, jumping and dressage, I coach at pony club and for Riding for the Disabled and also mountain bike, run and go to the gym.”