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…

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…

Removing the stigma around trades

Kudos to BCITO (Building Construction Industry Trade Organisation) for their latest ad campaign. Titled ‘A Tricky Chat’, it shows a young man who very tentatively announces to his parents that he wishes to pursue a trade rather than go to university. Akin to a ‘coming out’ experience, the commercial highlights the stigma and long-held perception…

Be persistent with LinkedIn connections

Today I ran a LinkedIn workshop with a group of fantastic students, most of whom had already had a profile ranging from 7 months to 7 years. It just goes to show that LinkedIn has stood firmly in the midst of changing sites and platforms (who remembers MySpace and Let’s Lunch?), in fact, I’ve had…

Sharpen up your CV

2019 is now in full swing and the job market is humming… job seekers are eager to find great new roles and organisations are on the look out for talent. CVs remain the popular method for applying for jobs, so it’s important to properly craft your document in order to increase your chances of getting…

Looking back to 2009

The #tenyearchallenge is doing the rounds on social media on the moment. Essentially, it’s where people post a photo of themselves from 2009 and to contrast it with a photo from today. I had a giggle as a trawled through my photos and looked back at my 27 year old self. Man, I went to…

What skills are needed in the workplace?

New year. New focus. New energy for 2019. Bring it on! After a relaxing two week break over the Christmas period, I return to work and do my daily trawl through LinkedIn. I stumble across an article by Paul Petrone, Editor of LinkedIn Learning; The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to…

Do you like the taste of Lime?

The first time I used a Lime e-scooter I felt like I was a kid all over again; the adventurous part of me wanted to jump on and see how first I could zoom up the road.  The cautious part of me worried I might fall off and crash!   With nostalgia and childhood wonder etched…