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…

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,…

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…