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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

What skills are needed in the workplace?

New year. New focus. New energy for 2019. Bring it on! After a relaxing two week break over the Christmas period, I return to work and do my daily trawl through LinkedIn. I stumble across an article by Paul Petrone, Editor of LinkedIn Learning; The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to…

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?!

Pacific pride in Aotearoa

As a child of Pacific heritage growing up in 1980s/90s New Zealand, I can honestly say that a diverse range of Pacific role-models was not obvious or well-known.  High profile role models tended to come from the sporting arena; Michael Jones, Jimmy ‘Thunder’ Peau, Rita Fatialofa, Olo Brown, Ana Noovao, Pat Lam to name a…

Welcome back to work!

Today is my first day back at work, which also coincides with the predicted weather bomb set to hit New Zealand.  When I peer outside the skies are a dull concrete colour and the rain is lashing the pavements.  I notice people scuttling past with their umbrellas screaming as they bend in the wind.  Cars…

Going back to school… fresh start in 2018!

Next January I will officially begin my new job as the lead Careers Advisor at St Peter’s College in Auckland.  This also happens to be my old high school, so I will go full-circle and return to my educational roots! To love and to serve.  It was serendipitous as to how I ended up pursuing…