John Dorado: The Cultural Difference

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! John Dorado has enjoyed a career in the helping professions, with experience as registered nurse, trainer, counsellor and career development consultant.  He came to New Zealand from the Phillipines 8 years ago, and fell in love with the lifestyle.  In this episode, he provides career guidance and…

Forty reasons to smile

Happy birthday to me, I can’t believe I’m 40, my spirit’s still young, but my back is creaky! Hi world. I woke up today and realised it’s my 40th year of existence. Wow, where on earth did the time go? Last year I went through a short period where I didn’t like the sound of…

Pepe Afeaki: Embracing Motherhood and Worklife

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Pepe Afeaki is an Auckland-based careers and employability coach who balances work with motherhood, community volunteering, family responsibilities and study. In this episode we have a frank discussion on the trials and tribulations of juggling personal and professional interests, and explore how her natural forte for serving…

Bye 2020! You truly were cray-cray

Happy New Year! As we begin to revel in 2021 goodness, it’s also good to look back at the crazy year that was. So without further ado, here are my COVID-19 based reflections and memories. If I hear the word Zui one more time, I swear I will throw my packet of pea crisps at…

The Humans of Career Coffee Chats

When I launched my podcast back in June, my aim was to have chats with authentic, genuine people who had a career story to tell.  What was to come was even more than I expected!  I learnt so much from my diverse guests, admiring their resilience, courage and desire to thrive.  Yes, ‘everyday’ people DO,…

Matthew Sinclair: Putting the Heart in Tech

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Having excelled in mathematics and science during high school, Matthew Sinclair moved from Auckland to Christchurch to pursue University studies in Engineering.  The transition wasn’t as smooth as he expected and Matthew decided that things weren’t aligning to his personal values. In this episode, we explore what…

Raksha Tiwari: Strength in Reaching Out

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! University student Raksha Tiwari arrived in New Zealand from India with her parents at the age of 7, coming with the intention of building a great life. After excelling during her schooling years at Lynfield College, she entered University and discovered how career directions are never predictable….

Karen Coleman: Food for Thought

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! With a long line of chefs and hospitality professionals in her family, it would be accidental and inevitable that Karen Coleman would find herself in this dynamic industry too.  Karen spent years crafting her skills as a chef, managing a business, and working overseas.  In this episode we…

Anastasia Timoshkina: From Russia with Love

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Since arriving in New Zealand from Russia over two years ago, Anastasia Timoshkina set out on an adventure to experience a new culture on the other side of the world.  She also undertook post-graduate studies to understand how organisations function in Aotearoa.  In this episode, we explore…

Sharing my Mental Health Journey

Check out the latest episode of Career Coffee Chats! “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”  This Shakespearian quote has long resonated with me and it makes me reflect on the importance of maintaining positive wellbeing so we can thrive and be our best selves.   In this episode I talk…