Drive your retirement

When my dad got into his sixties, I remember feeling slightly anxious about what would happen to him if he lost his job at that stage of his life. The manufacturing sector had diminished, technology advanced at a rapid rate, and issues around ageism in the workplace were well-known. At that stage I was also…

My friend Empathy

Take a minute or two to watch this video. Notice how the main character’s body becomes darker each time he helps someone, as though the pain and concerns are being transferred to him. His posture becomes heavier, his head looks downward, he appears to lack energy. It isn’t until the end when he spends time…

Kia Kaha te reo Māori!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa. Greetings to you all. This week is Māori Language Week (between 9 and 15 September), and I couldn’t feel prouder to help celebrate this increasingly important occasion. What I appreciate about living in Aotearoa New Zealand is that there is a clear intention to revitalise the Māori language;…

Why new students need to manage their expectations

I can’t imagine what it would be like to study in a new country, especially if the language native to that country is different to my mother tongue. But further to that, I would have to adapt to all things new – culture, weather, geographical area, transportation, social interactions, teaching and learning methods, food, customs……

Cutting pumpkins? You betcha.

I recall homeless people being in the Auckland CBD for as long as I can remember. I guess the big difference from when I was a teenager, is that there appears to be many more that are now visible on the streets. There is an older man who has his usual spot sitting outside my…

Why It’s Good to Volunteer

Did you know that 1.2 million people volunteer in New Zealand every year? To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we caught up with student Eureka Fuentes and recent graduate Anastasia Timoshkina from the Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus to ask them why they think volunteering is beneficial for international students.      What kinds of volunteering have…

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…

Finding inspiration at Te Manawa

Te Manawa (the heart) is a fantastic new facility in Westgate featuring a community hub and library. As a resident of North West Auckland, it was a thrill to watch it being built over the past year. I am in the midst of completing my Masters and have hit a flat patch over the past…

Don’t underestimate your work values

I shirk whenever I hear a client say “I will do anything!” when pursuing a new job or opportunity. Whilst I acknowledge there are people who may seek work out of desperation or necessity, the act of pursuing ‘any’ job is shortsighted and flawed. Here’s why: The job may not play to your strengths or…

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…