Victoria Swan / Deb Crossan: Lockdown Career Tips 1

Given New Zealand’s recent return into Lockdown, my thoughts are with job searchers and  career explorers during this challenging time.  The purpose of this special episode is to feature my friends from the careers industry who will share tips on how to look for work during lockdown, how to best use online platforms for research…

Time for a coffee break?

Wow, what a week it’s been… moving into lockdown happened so quickly, so my thoughts are with everyone during these uncertain times! Whilst COVID-19 interrupted many of our daily activities, it also created new opportunities during lockdown. In fact, one thing I appreciated from the lockdowns in 2020 was the opportunity to learn and create…

Ali Cowley: BAM! Creativity as a Superpower

Having grown up idolising The Hulk and Michael Jackson, Ali Cowley spent his youth surrounded by the great forces of creativity. His Samoan father also taught him the craft of drawing and sketching. After a colourful OE in Australia involving dance performances and working in a Chicken Farm, Ali trained in animation and went on…

Anna Fleming: Supporting Māori Mental Health

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Anna Fleming had an upbringing based on service and being hospitable to others, so her curiosity led her to explore pathways in the helping professions.  A chance opportunity in social work, allowed her to grow her skills and eventually led her to retrain in psychotherapy.  Now fully…

Sign of the times

Boy does time fly… It’s been over a month since my last post and so much has happened in that time! To cut a long story short, I have transitioned into a new organisation (will blog about this soon) and have had little time to write, but thankfully I had the urge and desire to…

Travel Diaries: Wonderful Copenhagen

This week I went back to work, so I’ve been slow to finish off the travel diaries from my recent trip!  But better later than never, right? Copenhagen Be still my beating heart… As Denmark’s cool Capital city, Copenhagen is my idea of perfection; gorgeous and green, clean air, lovely old buildings, an effective transport…

Travel Diaries: Cruising the Greek Islands

If you only have a short amount of travel time but want to explore some of the amazing Greek islands, then I highly recommend going on a cruise ship.  Cruising makes it easier to access different islands without the hassle of flying and having to organise multiple connections and transfers. Along with my partner and…

Travel Diaries: Athens

Kalimera!   Oh how I loved hearing this vivacious greeting each morning in beautiful Greece, where the food is divine, the weather wonderfully Mediterranean, and the people relaxed and laid-back. As we drove from the airport into the city of Athens, I couldn’t help but notice and the hills and abundance of olive and fruit trees. …

Travel Diaries: London

I recently came back from a holiday with lots of content and ideas in my head.  I hope you don’t mind (bugger it, I’m going to do it anyway) but over the coming week you will see lots of travel writing in ‘Coffee and Career Chat’.  Enjoy as you sip on your flat white or…

Pleased to meet you

The idea of speed networking is not new, but can be very overwhelming and scary for many.  Imagine trying to make a great first impression in the space of a few minutes? On Monday I took group of year 13 students to the Got a Trade! SpeedMeet event at Glenfield College, where students got to…