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…

Glad to be in the team of 5 million

To all my fellow New Zealanders… congrats on reaching zero cases of COVID-19 in our country! I was personally over the moon when I found out the news, gosh, it wasn’t too long ago when we were all nervously staying indoors and not wanting to engage with the outside world. We are pretty humble people,…

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…

Small businesses coming to the rescue

I would like to say thank you to ALL the amazing small businesses who served us during the COVID-19 lockdown. Whilst many businesses had no choice but to close (rest assured, many of us will be hunting you down as things re-open!), I am incredibly grateful for those who were able to trade and provide…

The humanity of it all

After 49 days, New Zealand is about to step out of lockdown. Whilst we have a long way to go “get back to normal”, we have overcome the massive fear that New Zealand would be engulfed by the silent, yet potent COVID-19. Thank you Kiwis for playing your part! It’s so hard to believe that…

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. This week is Māori Language Week (between 9 and 15 September), and I couldn’t feel prouder to help celebrate this increasingly important occasion. What I appreciate about living in Aotearoa New Zealand is that there is a clear intention to revitalise the Māori language;…

Cutting pumpkins? You betcha.

I recall homeless people being in the Auckland CBD for as long as I can remember. I guess the big difference from when I was a teenager, is that there appears to be many more that are now visible on the streets. There is an older man who has his usual spot sitting outside my…

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…