Pleased to meet you

The idea of speed networking is not new, but can be very overwhelming and scary for many.  Imagine trying to make a great first impression in the space of a few minutes? On Monday I took group of year 13 students to the Got a Trade! SpeedMeet event at Glenfield College, where students got to…

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Today is about remembering those who have passed away. Today is about acknowledging the importance of connection. Today I remember my friend Heather. Heather was the type of person you couldn’t help but like.  She was effervescent, engaging, kind, and pretty cool.  The year was 2004 and we were…

The Apprentice… You’re hired!

As a careers advisor in a high school, I am privileged to have conversations with students about their future goals and aspirations.  What became clear to me is that many students are still unfamiliar with trades and the concept of an apprenticeship. According to Fiona Kingsford, CEO of industry training organisation Competenz, whilst around 60,000…

Prepare, prepare, prepare

Last week I received an email from a student to tell me that he was offered an  apprenticeship and would be starting immediately. Woo hoo! The news was all the more satisfying, because I knew how determined and prepared the student was in making this moment happen. Back story… I had a career session with…

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…

Building a pathway to success #tradesforme

Carpentry.  Painting and decorating.  Brick and block laying.  Aluminium joinery. Furniture and cabinet making.  Concreting.  These are a few of the trades that secondary school students got to experience during the BCITO #tradesforme School Activity Day last week. Held at the grounds of Alexandra Racecourse and featuring students from all over Auckland, the purpose was…