Pacific perspectives on career development

Talofa lava, Kiaorana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Kia ora koutou and greetings.  Last week a panel discussion focusing on the Pacific Perspectives on Career Development featured at the CDANZ National Symposium in Auckland.  The panelists included: Fa’anānā Efeso Collins (Samoa, Tokelau) , Councillor – Auckland Council Dr Jemaima…

The highs and lows of study

Earlier this year I began my Masters study journey.  At that time I was nervously excited about tackling this long-time goal, but was also conscious on the impact it would have on my work-life balance. I had three months to complete my first paper and was assisted by my awesome facilitator Trish, who had regular…

Unitec Student Connectors

This week we officially launched the International Student Connectors programme at Unitec.  The purpose behind this programme is empower and guide International students to support other students during their study journey.  This can be through volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer support activities, to participating in on-campus events.  We will also provide the students with ongoing professional and…

Be social on social!

Increasingly, we access the internet not only on computers but through phones, tablets, watches and a host of other devices… The internet has transformed how we live, communicate, shop and increasingly, how we work and find work (Hooley, Bright & Winter, 2016).   I have been asked to deliver a presentation to my career practitioner…

Blending work with study

I work Monday to Friday in a full-time role.  My days are long and there is always lots to keep me busy.  I regularly spend time with my family and friends.  I also have a partner (and a cat) and we have a mortgage to pay. On top of this, I decided to start my…

From student to graduate

  Another year, another successful graduation completed! It was absolutely fantastic to see many Unitec students graduate despite the awful weather we’ve been experiencing in Auckland recently.  Even though the muggy weather left many looking like they stepped out of a sauna, this didn’t dampen (excuse the pun) the positive vibe that reverberated around the…

And so the adventure begins

Today was an absolute pleasure to see the graduation of Unitec students in the beautifully majestic Auckland Town Hall.  This is truly one of the perks of working in the higher education industry and I get such a thrill to see family and friends cheering on their loved ones.  At times the celebrations were akin to a crowd…