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…

Pink makes you think (for the better)

The bullying culture needs to stop now! I remember watching kids being bullied back in high school and I felt helpless to do anything. These kids were teased, pushed and punched simply because they, looked, talked or expressed themselves ‘differently to the norm’. In hindsight, I wish I said something because things cannot change unless…

Food for thought

Imagine trying to complete any activity on an empty stomach…  A gurgling tummy, headaches, tiredness, lethargy, dizziness, lack of concentration and nausea.  Not very pleasant, huh? Yesterday, a NZ Herald article highlighted the financial challenges many Unitec students are facing during their studies. A survey answered by almost 2000 of its students has found that 17 per cent agree that…

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…

50 self care tips

Are work, study, or personal commitments draining you or getting you down? Self care includes any deliberate actions you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. Taking ‘time out’ for yourself is not selfish act, but a necessary way for restoring energy and maintaining balance when we feel overwhelmed or exhausted. Here are…

Going live

Today I went into Curious George mode and dabbled with Facebook Live for the first time.  I know it gets used by politicians, protesters, concert goers to holiday makers, so I though this could also be a good way to promote and draw attention to some of the services featured at the Unitec International Students’ Orientation Expo….

Great minds think alike

I like working in teams.  There’s something so satisfying when you see a group of people completing tasks together in a respectful, collegial and fun manner.  An effective team needs a solid foundation and I fundamentally believe that a key to this is spending genuine time with each other.  The role-modelling needs to come from…

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…

Happy Waitangi Day

Happy Waitangi Day to all the New Zealanders out there!  May you bask in the glorious sunshine, knowing that we live in a South Pacific paradise. I refuse to get caught-up with all the misunderstandings and ill-feeling that is usually associated with Waitangi Day.  Since I was young it almost felt expected for people to…