Sean Yew: Let’s Talk about Coffee

Coffee has been a strong influence in Sean Yew’s young career so far. After training as a Barista in Malaysia, he moved to NZ 3 years ago, gaining experience in Auckland’s vibrant cafe scene.  In this episode, Sean talks about the art of coffee making, and what makes New Zealand’s coffee culture so unique. He…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…