I'm a multi-skilled maven with a thirst for knowledge, from New Zealand and currently based in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
I am passionate about psychology and education, with a particular interest in the criminal justice and developmental fields. Ultimately, I would like to become a criminal psychologist, but I would also like to work with at-risk youth and their families, facilitate programmes for both young people and adults, or as a probation officer.
While I search for a job, I work in a freelance capacity as a web designer & developer. I have been making websites for over fifteen years, and I want to share that experience with those who are looking for great, affordable design & development services. I also work as an online accounts administrator for a small curtain-making business back in my home country of New Zealand.
I enjoy spending time with my husband, exploring my new surroundings, listening to (heavy metal) music, playing video & modern board games, non-fiction reading, doing word & logic puzzles, cooking & baking, experimenting with cosmetics, and ingesting caffeine in most its forms.
I am also an advocate for the Kiwi bogan lifestyle, and living with chronic invisible illness.
In addition to university, I was involved in a number of programmes during my compulsory schooling which allowed me to develop my problem-solving and critical thinking skills. I am able to analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge, and find effective solutions to most problems presented to me.
Being able to communicate effectively is very important to me, and I make a concerted effort to continue to improve my interpersonal skills. As a social science student, I've learnt how actively listen, gather accurate information from a wide range of people, and produce verbal and written reports.
I believe that building relationships with employers, co-workers, and regular customers/clients is vital for a good work environment. I also find it fairly easy to adapt to any kind of social situation and relate to many different groups of people, as well as seamlessly switching between leadership and team member roles.
I am constantly in search of knowledge. I do well in formal education settings, but I also consider myself an autodidact (self-teacher). I enjoy non-fiction reading, and researching topics that I am interested in. I am also a strong believer in gathering information from a wide range of sources before making a decision.
I have learnt, through my university education, to plan and organise effectively. I can accurately judge the time it will take to complete a task, identify necessary resources, and prepare for meetings and deadlines. I am also experienced in facilitating and developing programmes, particularly for adult learners.
I am proficient in the use of popular software on multiple operating systems. I am particularly skilled in the used of the Microsoft Office & Adobe Creative suites and statistical analysis software such as SPSS. I am also very quick to pick up the ins-and-outs of unfamiliar software. I type accurately at a speed of 70 WPM.
Every position I have held has involved dealing directly with customers, so I have a wealth of experience in this area. I understand the importance of a business-client relationship. Additionally, I am capable of processing all common forms of payment, and maintaining a high rate of productivity.
Through many years of academia and blogging, I have developed my writing skills to a professional standard. I have a preference for academic and technical writing but I also write for the web, communicate via social media and have experience in editing, both my own work and the work of others.
I have basic small business accounting skills. I can manage both accounts recievable and payable, book-keeping, invoicing, calculating and filing taxes, bank account management, and payroll administration. However, I do all of this manually, so my familiarity with any accounting software packages is limited.
Due to my long-term health issues, I've developed unique personal skills that I believe will be helpful in any position. I am resilient, highly motivated, and I have a "never give up" attitude. I enjoy a challenge, take deadlines seriously, and I work well under pressure. I also have a deep appreciation for being employed! I also really enjoy working with animals, and I speak rudimentary Dutch, German and Maori, alongside my native English.
I manage the accounts and payroll for a small curtain and soft furnishings business based in New Zealand. My tasks include processing accounts receivable and accounts payable, book-keeping in Excel, invoicing, filing required tax information, bank account management, and ensuring wages are paid.
This is a casual position where I use my web design & development skills to create websites for individuals and small businesses, mainly on the WordPress(.org, self-hosted) platform. I also provide additional services such as graphic design for screen and print, tech support, website maintenance, and editing of web content. For more information on what this position entails, please see the services section.
I taught financial literacy to offenders in the Tai Aroha residental programme in Hamilton, New Zealand, using the resources offered by Sorted. I presented information to offenders in a clear and effective way and work with offenders to ensure they understood the information presented to them. This position also gave me experience in dealing with offenders on a personal level, including avoiding "getting got", cultural awareness & sensitivity, and understanding their motivations etc.
I worked at both Woolworths Putaruru and Countdown Cambridge in New Zealand during this period. Both of these positions were part-time. My tasks and responsibilities included customer service, the use of checkout technology, cash register & payment processing systems (including cash drawer maintenance), correct handling & packing/bagging of product, maintaining a high level of productivity, and responding effectively to high-pressure situations (including manual calculation, dealing with difficult customers, and crime such as shoplifting & robbery).
I have also volunteered for the SPCA in both Hamilton and Whangarei in New Zealand, and I have a background in dairy farming so I am knowledgable about working with animals.
I started this qualification as an additional knowledge source for my future career goals. This qualification will be conferred in October 2016.
Courses: Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults, Adults Learning for Life, Education and Social Justice, Education and Social Inequality, Children's Development in Families, New Zealand Educational Policy, and Curriculum Perspectives.
Current Overall Grade: A.
I started this qualification out of both personal interest and professional development. This qualification is also known as He Papa Tikanga, and will be conferred later in 2016.
Courses: Te Ao Maori (The World of Maori), Te Ao Marama (The World of Understanding), Te Ao Hurihuri (The Contemporary World), and Te Ao Whanui (The Wider World).
Overall Grade: A.
Awarded with Distinction
This diploma was conferred in March 2014. This qualification was intended to lead me into Master's study and clinical training, so my papers were tailored towards this. I also took a number of behavioural psychology papers.
Courses: The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, Theories of Clinical Psychology, Graduate Research Methods in Psychology, Advanced Topics in Abnormal Adult Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, Psychological Applications and the Treaty of Waitangi, Applications of Behaviour Analysis, Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues, Behaviour Analysis Research and Theory, and Recent Research in Behaviour Analysis.
Overall Grade: A.
This degree was conferred in May 2012. My supporting subjects were Sociology and Social Policy.
Courses: General and Experimental Psychology, Social and Developmental Psychology, Psychological Research: Analysis, Design and Measurement, Research Methods, Psychological Measurement, Behavioural Psychology and Learning, Behaviour Analysis, The Psychology of Perception, Physiological Psychology, Physiology of Human Performance and Development, Cognitive Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Perspectives on Child Development, Abnormal Psychology, Culture Ethnicity and Psychology, Community Culture and Diversity: Applied Social Psychology, Human Development, Introduction to Socilogy, Sociology in Practice, History of Sociological Thought, Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, Introduction to Social Policy, Social Policy and Social Issues, Social Policy, Women in Society: Representations and Realities, The Practice of Social Science Research, and The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy.
Grade: B+ (major), A- (overall).
Below is a table of services I currently offer. Additional services not listed here may be available on request. Please feel free to enquire about any extra services you may require. Please review my terms of service for more details.
|Web Design||A full website design, delivered to you in .psd format, ready to be developed. This service is suitable for those who would like a design crafted by me, but can develop it themselves, or would like to hire another developer. I also recommend this option for those who use something other than WordPress to manage their content.|
|Graphic Design||Graphic design work such as logos, social media, promotional material, etc. This service is suitable for anyone looking for web graphics. I can create graphics to match existing websites, or as add-ons to other design work. Prices will vary depending on the type of graphic, and the difficulty of the work.|
|Print Design||Print design such as business cards, flyers, CVs & resumes, and promotional material. This service is suitable for anyone looking for print design. Please note that I only offer print design. The actual printing of the product will need to be done via an external printing service. Prices will vary depending on the type and difficulty of the print work.|
|WordPress Themes||Fully designed and developed WordPress themes, packed with all the features to make your website look and feel fantastic. This service is suitable for those looking to start a website, or to redesign an existing website. All of my WordPress themes are built on my custom framework, responsive, and easy to edit and customise to your liking.|
|Static Websites||Fully designed and developed static websites. This service is suitable for those looking for a website that doesn’t require frequent updating, or would like to adapt the design to another CMS. Like my WordPress themes, my static designs are also easy to edit and customise.|
|Online Shops||A full WordPress theme plus online store integration. This service is suitable for small businesses which run or intend to run WordPress-based eCommerce stores. I can build the theme around existing eCommerce plugins, or help you set up the right eCommerce plugin for your business, and style accordingly.|
|Consultation||This service is offered free when purchasing any other design or development service, but for those of you who would like to know what can be done to improve their website without any obligation to continue working with me, this is the service for you. I will go over your existing website with a meticulous eye and provide an extensive report to help you make your website just that more awesome.|
|Support||On-going support for work I have completed for existing clients is free for 15 days following the delivery of the work. If additional support is needed, it will be charged at an hourly rate. I do not provide support for any work that is not my own.|
|Maintenance||This service is for existing clients. Maintenance services are not included under the free support service, so any changes or additions that need to be made to any work that has already been delivered to you and accepted as completed will be charged by the hour.|
|Setup||Need help purchasing domain names and hosting, setting up your website, installing WordPress, using FTP, etc.? I can assist with this. Depending on the time it takes to complete each kind of setup, prices will vary. Setting up any WordPress themes, static websites or online shops purchased from me comes included in each service.|
|Website Clean-Up||Is your website in need of a bit of a spruce? I can help with tidying up everything from outdated, invalid or malfunctioning code to broken links, images and other files. This service can be bought as a one-off or you can opt for a recurring bi-yearly clean-up, which I offer at a discounted flat rate.|
|Content Editing||Don't have the time, patience or ability to edit your own copy? Allow me to do it for you. I will go through your writing with a fine-toothed comb checking for spelling, grammar and syntax errors. This service is provided on an hourly rate.|
Back-end programming (PHP, WordPress plugins, etc.), mobile development & apps (responsive design is provided in lieu of this), illustration, packaging design, photo editing, hosting, and Flash design.
I am currently available for work. If you are interested in hiring me, please fill out the quote request form. This form is intended for general contact and any questions you may have before requesting a quote.
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