Happy 70th Birthday Dad!

Manuia lou aso fānau. Today is the 21st of September and it’s my dad’s 70th birthday, but due to the current Lockdown in Auckland I am unable to see him in person. It also happens to be World Gratitude Day, so I wanted to take a small moment to say thank you to the most…

David Sharples / Cherie Perrow: Lockdown Career Tips 2

Given New Zealand’s return into Lockdown, my thoughts are with job searchers and career explorers during this challenging time.  The purpose of this special episode is to feature my friends from the careers industry who will share useful career tips and advice.   My first guest is David Sharples, a Vocational Consultant from Alpha Consultants who…

Elina Ashimbayeva: Amazing Everyday Humans

After studying biomedicine and then working in the health, education and corporate sectors, Elina Ashimbayeva realised her destiny was to champion the voice of others.  She co-developed the digital platform ‘Storyo’, which shares stories of everyday women and other marginalised genders in Aotearoa.   In this episode, Elina shares how her work experiences provided insight into…

Victoria Swan / Deb Crossan: Lockdown Career Tips 1

Given New Zealand’s recent return into Lockdown, my thoughts are with job searchers and  career explorers during this challenging time.  The purpose of this special episode is to feature my friends from the careers industry who will share tips on how to look for work during lockdown, how to best use online platforms for research…

Time for a coffee break?

Wow, what a week it’s been… moving into lockdown happened so quickly, so my thoughts are with everyone during these uncertain times! Whilst COVID-19 interrupted many of our daily activities, it also created new opportunities during lockdown. In fact, one thing I appreciated from the lockdowns in 2020 was the opportunity to learn and create…

Ali Cowley: BAM! Creativity as a Superpower

Having grown up idolising The Hulk and Michael Jackson, Ali Cowley spent his youth surrounded by the great forces of creativity. His Samoan father also taught him the craft of drawing and sketching. After a colourful OE in Australia involving dance performances and working in a Chicken Farm, Ali trained in animation and went on…

Anna Fleming: Supporting Māori Mental Health

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Anna Fleming had an upbringing based on service and being hospitable to others, so her curiosity led her to explore pathways in the helping professions.  A chance opportunity in social work, allowed her to grow her skills and eventually led her to retrain in psychotherapy.  Now fully…

Fiona Timoti-Knowles: Stories from a Lifelong Learner

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Lifelong learning is a key feature of Fiona Timoti-Knowles’ career, with early beginnings as a typist and secretary, working across the globe for Foreign Affairs, to transitioning into the education and community sectors and becoming a career development specialist.  In this episode, Fiona shares anecdotes from her…

Suki Xiao: Say Goodbye to the Imposter

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Suki Xiao is a career coach with a mission to help people redefine their grind.  Having immigrated from China to New Zealand at the age of 12, Suki had initial plans of becoming a finance lawyer upon completing University. In this episode, we explore how her experiences…

Lena Waizenegger: Find your Connection

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Dr Lena Waizenegger is a researcher and academic at AUT University, with a strong interest in connectivity and how individuals and teams interact with technology.  Originally from Germany, Lena was a successful snowboarder before changing career pathways. In this episode, we explore Lena’s career transition, her research…