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…

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…

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…

Learning is fluid (and doesn’t need to stop)

Last year I wrote about commencing my Masters studies and how nervous, excited and challenged I was, especially as I was juggling a full time job and other commitments.   You can refer to those posts here…  https://careercoffeechats.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/blending-work-with-study/ https://careercoffeechats.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/the-highs-and-lows-of-study/ During my studies, I came across an unexpected turn of events in mid-2017 and ended up leaving…

Kai and kōrero

Kia ora and warm Pacific greetings!  On Thursday 31st May the first Kai and Kōrero event of 2018 will be held in Auckland and I encourage any Maori and Pasifika practitioners, workers or supporters with a strong interest in career development, education, social services, or health and wellbeing, to come and join us. So what…

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…

Awesome (yet arduous) August

Goodbye August.  Boy, what a hard, challenging month you were!  You put me through the wringer, tested my patience, made me confront myself, and took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Despite going through this arduous process, I made the bold decision to leave my workplace after 5.5 years.  Yup!  Time for a new start…

Feel the love

  Today is the 14th of February; the Feast day of Saint Valentine; the celebration of love. With aroha in the air, I write this blog post with strong affection for my administrative skills.  Yes, I have loathed you in the past and at times I found you to be boring, repetitive, routine, and devoid of…

A flock of tweets

I had the privilege of managing the ANZSSA social media accounts during the recent conference in Auckland and boy was it a great learning experience.  The hashtag #anzssa2016 became my mantra, with Twitter my platform of choice. The challenge…  to provide commentary on key aspects of the conference whilst at the same supporting fellow tweeters…

Be a global citizen and volunteer

Next week we are hosting our annual volunteering expo for Unitec students.    As a career practitioner I fundamentally believe volunteering is an integral (and almost necessary) strategy for students to gain practical work experience, learn and develop new skills, grow connections, build self-confidence, gain ideas around career pathways, and ultimately give-back to a meaningful cause. I…