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,…

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…

Jobs | Ngā Mahi

Kia ora online friends In the spirit of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori I would like to share my job title as translated into the beautiful Māori language. Kaitohutohu Umanga Career Advisor / Counsellor Kaitohutohu describes the role of an advisor, instructor or counsellor. Someone who works alongside and guides others in their learning…

Holly Dixon: Relationship Psychology Insights

Check out the newest Career Coffee Chat episode! Holly Dixon is the Director of Togetherly, a venture devoted to helping people grow strong, deeply-connected relationships. She is also a PhD student at The University of Auckland, currently researching how mindfulness can support more adaptive relationship functioning and better health. In this episode we explore how…

Shailan Patel: The Future is Now

Check out the newest Career Coffee Chat episode! Shailan Patel is passionate about helping students transition from the education sector into meaningful employment. His career has been diverse, having worked in sales and advertising for three of NZ’s largest media companies, and he is now the Education Manager for MYOB nationwide.  In this episode we…