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…

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…

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…

Nourish your hobbies

When things felt overwhelming at work this year, I found solace in playing my trusty ukulele.  It provided distraction.  It got me using my hands.  It allowed me to sing.  It made me concentrate on notes and chords. I was engrossed in an activity that felt so far removed from my day job.   Even during…

What songs ‘sing’ to your career?

I’m feeling a tad whimsical so I got thinking about the songs that capture the essence of my career journey to date.  Rather than think about the lyrics and hidden meanings, I’ve simply focussed on song titles. Can you relate?  Or what other songs sing to your career?!

Recruiter tips and insights for job seekers

Yesterday I attended a CDANZ breakfast panel discussion entitled “Applying for a Job” What do candidates need to know about the recruitment process? The panellists included recruitment specialists Katy Lloyd (Talent and Culture Manager, Accor Group), Holly Sheldon (Recruitment and Talent Advisor, Foodstuffs) and Jacqui Shore (People and Performance Advisor, Delegats Wines). The three specialists…

So what’s your coffee of choice?

Okay peeps.  Finally a blog post about coffee! This morning I woke feeling more tired than usual (must be all that weekend sunshine) and my first instinct was to get a coffee when I got to work.  Habit, or something more you ask?  Some argue that there are scientific health benefits relating to caffeine consumption:…

A global student is every student

Yesterday Unitec had it’s Open Day and it was so exciting to show members of the public our new working space, Te Puna. Along with amazing Student Support Team Leader Helena Finau, our role was to co-ordinate a group of student “Connector” volunteers.   The Connectors are a group of International students who engage in organised…

Unitec Student Connectors

This week we officially launched the International Student Connectors programme at Unitec.  The purpose behind this programme is empower and guide International students to support other students during their study journey.  This can be through volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer support activities, to participating in on-campus events.  We will also provide the students with ongoing professional and…

Volunteering IS meaningful #NVW2017

Happy National Volunteer week!  ‘Live, laugh, share – volunteer’ is the theme this year, which helps capture the heart-felt appreciation we feel when people come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through volunteer service. I love this wee blurb from the SEEK website:  According to research, volunteering can quite literally make you live longer,…