Learning is fluid (and doesn’t need to stop)

Last year I wrote about commencing my Masters studies and how nervous, excited and challenged I was, especially as I was juggling a full time job and other commitments.   You can refer to those posts here…  https://careercoffeechats.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/blending-work-with-study/ https://careercoffeechats.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/the-highs-and-lows-of-study/ During my studies, I came across an unexpected turn of events in mid-2017 and ended up leaving…

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…

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…

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is about remembering those who have passed away. Today is about acknowledging the importance of connection. Today I remember my friend Heather. Heather was the type of person you couldn’t help but like.  She was effervescent, engaging, kind, and pretty cool.  The year was 2004 and we were…

The Apprentice… You’re hired!

As a careers advisor in a high school, I am privileged to have conversations with students about their future goals and aspirations.  What became clear to me is that many students are still unfamiliar with trades and the concept of an apprenticeship. According to Fiona Kingsford, CEO of industry training organisation Competenz, whilst around 60,000…

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Last week I received an email from a student to tell me that he was offered an  apprenticeship and would be starting immediately. Woo hoo! The news was all the more satisfying, because I knew how determined and prepared the student was in making this moment happen. Back story… I had a career session with…

Kai and Kōrero: Next event on 16 August

The Māori and Pasifika Careers Network are pleased to host our next Kai and Kōrero event on Thursday 16 August. This month’s focus is on the issue of race and diversity.  New Zealand, and in particular Auckland, is a wonderfully multi-cultural place and Māori and Pasifika people make up a significant part of the cultural…

What songs ‘sing’ to your career?

I’m feeling a tad whimsical so I got thinking about the songs that capture the essence of my career journey to date.  Rather than think about the lyrics and hidden meanings, I’ve simply focussed on song titles. Can you relate?  Or what other songs sing to your career?!

Say no to plastic #PlasticFreeNZ

This month is Plastic Free July and here are eights ways I will show my support for this important movement and cause… I will use reusable bags for groceries (must remember to leave a stash in my car).  #banthebag I will use a reusable cup for my daily coffee.  Personally I love ‘KeepCup’ as I…

Farewell Mr Watt!

Maths was always my least preferred subject at school.  In fact, I hated it.  I guess I didn’t see the sense in manipulating numbers and solving equations. This notion got challenged in my fourth form year at school when I was introduced to the determined, utterly commanding, and somewhat scary figure in Mr Peter Watt…