Although Sussan was born in England, her family moved to New Zealand when she was young so she grew up in the Wellington area, near New Zealand’s capital city.
Sussan gained early entrance to University, then left school when she was 16 as school had become a little boring. In her early working years, she took administration and data roles in a bank, a bottling company and an insurance company. In the meantime, she had been completing a Bachelor of Business Studies and Diploma of Training & Development extramurally. Her studies and her aptitude for teaching others, landed her an exceptional training and documentation role for an energy company.
When she was 22, Sussan left the energy company to co-found a company publishing a weekly employment magazine. But sadly, the venture lasted less than a year. Her business partner left for paid employment, never to be seen again. But Sussan decided to gather the content she’d collated, and write an instructional booklet called Marketing Yourself for Employment. It was an instant success and sold almost 15,000 copies. The booklet sales paid the office overheads, and soon companies and government departments were requesting that Sussan design and deliver seminars and workshops for employees who were being affected by restructuring.