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…

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. This week is Māori Language Week (between 9 and 15 September), and I couldn’t feel prouder to help celebrate this increasingly important occasion. What I appreciate about living in Aotearoa New Zealand is that there is a clear intention to revitalise the Māori language;…

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…

Show gratitude towards others at work (everyday!)

I absolutely adore this quote.  It represents the hope in our lives, providing the energy that keep us connected, grounded and kind. Showing gratitude puts you in a state of reflection where you see things, actions, people and memories in an appreciative way.  When you express gratitude towards others, your face softens and you become…

Pacific perspectives on career development

Talofa lava, Kiaorana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Kia ora koutou and greetings.  Last week a panel discussion focusing on the Pacific Perspectives on Career Development featured at the CDANZ National Symposium in Auckland.  The panelists included: Fa’anānā Efeso Collins (Samoa, Tokelau) , Councillor – Auckland Council Dr Jemaima…

A drive to remember. Thank you Bic Runga!

Dear Bic Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of your first album, Drive.  I attended your concert at the Civic last night and my breath was truly taken away by the experience.  There was something so beguiling about hearing songs so familiar, yet so new when played live again. “Rain fall from concrete colored skies, no…

Happy 20th birthday CDANZ!

What do you when the main professional body for career development in New Zealand (yes, that would be CDANZ) celebrates their 20th birthday? Well… you think about the chef who bakes the cake, the event planner who organises the party, the emcee who facilitates and hosts the event, the writers who construct the speeches, the…

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 new chapter begins for you dad!

A year ago I blogged about my dad and how he turned 65.  At that stage he was so adamant that he wasn’t ready for retirement. He wanted to save a bit more money for projects to do around the house (ie. create mum’s dream kitchen). Flash forward to 2017 and last Friday he officially…

Awesome (yet arduous) August

Goodbye August.  Boy, what a hard, challenging month you were!  You put me through the wringer, tested my patience, made me confront myself, and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite going through this arduous process, I made the bold decision to leave my workplace after 5.5 years.  Yup!  Time for a new start…