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…

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…

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;…

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…

Networking doesn’t have to feel scary

As a naturally shy person, I do not find networking to be an easy thing to do! This is despite the fact that I need to network and connect with many people, students, colleagues, stakeholders, and industry guests on a regular, if not, daily basis. Even the term ‘networking’ conjures up connotations of meeting people…