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…

Don’t underestimate your work values

I shirk whenever I hear a client say “I will do anything!” when pursuing a new job or opportunity. Whilst I acknowledge there are people who may seek work out of desperation or necessity, the act of pursuing ‘any’ job is shortsighted and flawed. Here’s why: The job may not play to your strengths or…

The launch of BizTech

Last Wednesday we launched our very first BizTech Meetup event at the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus (OPAIC). Featuring four industry speakers, the purpose of the event was to share technology insights from a business, academic and recruitment perspective. The speakers also shared their career journeys and were candid about what worked and what didn’t…

Removing the stigma around trades

Kudos to BCITO (Building Construction Industry Trade Organisation) for their latest ad campaign. Titled ‘A Tricky Chat’, it shows a young man who very tentatively announces to his parents that he wishes to pursue a trade rather than go to university. Akin to a ‘coming out’ experience, the commercial highlights the stigma and long-held perception…

Be persistent with LinkedIn connections

Today I ran a LinkedIn workshop with a group of fantastic students, most of whom had already had a profile ranging from 7 months to 7 years. It just goes to show that LinkedIn has stood firmly in the midst of changing sites and platforms (who remembers MySpace and Let’s Lunch?), in fact, I’ve had…

Sharpen up your CV

2019 is now in full swing and the job market is humming… job seekers are eager to find great new roles and organisations are on the look out for talent. CVs remain the popular method for applying for jobs, so it’s important to properly craft your document in order to increase your chances of getting…