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…

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…

I am launching a Podcast!

Eeeeeek!!!! I’ve said it. I am excited (and slightly nervous) to say I’m launching my podcast, “Career Coffee Chats” on 24 June. Subscribe here to access the podcast on launch day. Career Coffee Chats is a down-to-earth career and wellbeing podcast for everyday people. Unlike other NZ-based podcasts, Career Coffee Chats features a diverse range of guests sharing their…

Starting a new job during lockdown

These are strange times. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced such a jarring and shocking time during the age of COVID-19. So much will be written about this in the months and years ahead. So much is being written about it now. All I know is that things are not the…

Cheers! Celebrating 10 years in the careers industry

Wow, where did the time go? It only seemed like yesterday when I was sitting awkwardly and eagerly in front of my very first client, an older man who had been unemployed for a while (thankfully the session wasn’t a train-wreck!). 10 years ago in April, I began my first official role in the careers…

Sharing the love on Aroha Monday

Aroha (pronounced AH-roh-ha) means ‘LOVE’ in the Māori language. Aroha formed the basis for the weekly Monday team catch-ups we implemented in my workplace at the start of 2019. So what exactly is Aroha Monday? Let me take you back a step first. At the beginning of 2019, several teams were co-locating to the new Student Hub…

Awesome career groups & events to join in 2020

Happy New Year everyone! To those who are newly arrived in New Zealand, Kia ora and a hearty Kiwi welcome to you. We look forward to having you in Aotearoa, New Zealand, the land of the long white cloud (and also the land of amazing beaches, wildlife, forests and people). To those already residing in…

10 learnings from 2019

Every year is filled with trials and tribulations, successes, achievements, surprises, losses, wins and everything else in between. It is human to feel, so it’s good to know that we’re all on the ride of life together! As we draw closer to the end of the year, I love pausing and reflecting on the things…

Top interview tips for students

Job interviews can be scary… daunting, challenging, and even bewildering. But they can also be energizing, engaging, enjoyable and even fun. A key to experiencing the latter is to make sure you thoroughly prepare for your interview. More preparation = less stress and tension. Interviews are a universal experience, so I thought it would be…