The Podcast is officially launched

3… 2… 1… LIFT OFF! So here we are, 24 June and I am ecstatic to say that Career Coffee Chats (The Podcast) is officially launched to all you good people. I invite you to listen to the career coffee chats I had with these fantastic guests: Lisa Wong, Episode 1: Robots, Boardgames & Allies…

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…

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…

Why new students need to manage their expectations

I can’t imagine what it would be like to study in a new country, especially if the language native to that country is different to my mother tongue. But further to that, I would have to adapt to all things new – culture, weather, geographical area, transportation, social interactions, teaching and learning methods, food, customs……

Why It’s Good to Volunteer

Did you know that 1.2 million people volunteer in New Zealand every year? To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we caught up with student Eureka Fuentes and recent graduate Anastasia Timoshkina from the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus to ask them why they think volunteering is beneficial for international students.      What kinds of volunteering have…

Networking doesn’t have to feel scary

As a naturally shy person, I do not find networking to be an easy thing to do! This is despite the fact that I need to network and connect with many people, students, colleagues, stakeholders, and industry guests on a regular, if not, daily basis. Even the term ‘networking’ conjures up connotations of meeting people…

Don’t underestimate your work values

I shirk whenever I hear a client say “I will do anything!” when pursuing a new job or opportunity. Whilst I acknowledge there are people who may seek work out of desperation or necessity, the act of pursuing ‘any’ job is shortsighted and flawed. Here’s why: The job may not play to your strengths or…

Pleased to meet you

The idea of speed networking is not new, but can be very overwhelming and scary for many.  Imagine trying to make a great first impression in the space of a few minutes? On Monday I took group of year 13 students to the Got a Trade! SpeedMeet event at Glenfield College, where students got to…

The Apprentice… You’re hired!

As a careers advisor in a high school, I am privileged to have conversations with students about their future goals and aspirations.  What became clear to me is that many students are still unfamiliar with trades and the concept of an apprenticeship. According to Fiona Kingsford, CEO of industry training organisation Competenz, whilst around 60,000…

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Last week I received an email from a student to tell me that he was offered an  apprenticeship and would be starting immediately. Woo hoo! The news was all the more satisfying, because I knew how determined and prepared the student was in making this moment happen. Back story… I had a career session with…