Fiona Timoti-Knowles: Stories from a Lifelong Learner

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Lifelong learning is a key feature of Fiona Timoti-Knowles’ career, with early beginnings as a typist and secretary, working across the globe for Foreign Affairs, to transitioning into the education and community sectors and becoming a career development specialist.  In this episode, Fiona shares anecdotes from her…

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…

Forty reasons to smile

Happy birthday to me, I can’t believe I’m 40, my spirit’s still young, but my back is creaky! Hi world. I woke up today and realised it’s my 40th year of existence. Wow, where on earth did the time go? Last year I went through a short period where I didn’t like the sound of…

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…

Bye 2020! You truly were cray-cray

Happy New Year! As we begin to revel in 2021 goodness, it’s also good to look back at the crazy year that was. So without further ado, here are my COVID-19 based reflections and memories. If I hear the word Zui one more time, I swear I will throw my packet of pea crisps at…

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,…

Matthew Sinclair: Putting the Heart in Tech

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Having excelled in mathematics and science during high school, Matthew Sinclair moved from Auckland to Christchurch to pursue University studies in Engineering.  The transition wasn’t as smooth as he expected and Matthew decided that things weren’t aligning to his personal values. In this episode, we explore what…

Raksha Tiwari: Strength in Reaching Out

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! University student Raksha Tiwari arrived in New Zealand from India with her parents at the age of 7, coming with the intention of building a great life. After excelling during her schooling years at Lynfield College, she entered University and discovered how career directions are never predictable….