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…

Sweet as! Happy NZ Music Month

Happy New Zealand music month! My heart goes out to all the musicians, bands and artists out there who have, and still are creating incredible music in Aotearoa. I’m sure many artists will be adversely impacted by the effects of COVID-19, so let’s hope the situation will lead to a wave of creativity and musical…

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…

Thank you to all the incredible women I have worked with

In recognition of International Women’s Day, I would like to thank all the incredible women who have greatly influenced and supported throughout my career.  Without you all, I wouldn’t be the person I am today! So without further ado, I pay homage to many of the amazing women who have positively influenced me at different…

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…

Be kind to connect & connect to be kind

Yesterday my team hosted a student networking event featuring a diverse range of industry guest speakers. The main purpose of the BizTech Meetup: Connect for Success! event was to provide students with an opportunity to better understand the importance of building connections in order to develop and grow their future careers in New Zealand. The…

Drive your retirement

When my dad got into his sixties, I remember feeling slightly anxious about what would happen to him if he lost his job at that stage of his life. The manufacturing sector had diminished, technology advanced at a rapid rate, and issues around ageism in the workplace were well-known. At that stage I was also…