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…

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….

Anastasia Timoshkina: From Russia with Love

Check out the latest Career Coffee Chat episode! Since arriving in New Zealand from Russia over two years ago, Anastasia Timoshkina set out on an adventure to experience a new culture on the other side of the world.  She also undertook post-graduate studies to understand how organisations function in Aotearoa.  In this episode, we explore…

Shailan Patel: The Future is Now

Check out the newest Career Coffee Chat episode! Shailan Patel is passionate about helping students transition from the education sector into meaningful employment. His career has been diverse, having worked in sales and advertising for three of NZ’s largest media companies, and he is now the Education Manager for MYOB nationwide.  In this episode we…

The Podcast is officially launched

3… 2… 1… LIFT OFF! So here we are, 24 June and I am ecstatic to say that Career Coffee Chats (The Podcast) is officially launched to all you good people. I invite you to listen to the career coffee chats I had with these fantastic guests: Lisa Wong, Episode 1: Robots, Boardgames & Allies…

I am launching a Podcast!

Eeeeeek!!!! I’ve said it. I am excited (and slightly nervous) to say I’m launching my podcast, “Career Coffee Chats” on 24 June. Subscribe here to access the podcast on launch day. Career Coffee Chats is a down-to-earth career and wellbeing podcast for everyday people. Unlike other NZ-based podcasts, Career Coffee Chats features a diverse range of guests sharing their…

Starting a new job during lockdown

These are strange times. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced such a jarring and shocking time during the age of COVID-19. So much will be written about this in the months and years ahead. So much is being written about it now. All I know is that things are not the…

Cheers! Celebrating 10 years in the careers industry

Wow, where did the time go? It only seemed like yesterday when I was sitting awkwardly and eagerly in front of my very first client, an older man who had been unemployed for a while (thankfully the session wasn’t a train-wreck!). 10 years ago in April, I began my first official role in the careers…