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…

My friend Empathy

Take a minute or two to watch this video. Notice how the main character’s body becomes darker each time he helps someone, as though the pain and concerns are being transferred to him. His posture becomes heavier, his head looks downward, he appears to lack energy. It isn’t until the end when he spends time…

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……

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…