What songs ‘sing’ to your career?

I’m feeling a tad whimsical so I got thinking about the songs that capture the essence of my career journey to date.  Rather than think about the lyrics and hidden meanings, I’ve simply focussed on song titles. Can you relate?  Or what other songs sing to your career?!

Beyond 2000

What were you doing in the year 2000?  I remember how it started very clearly… I was down at the Viaduct for the Millennium celebrations and the weather was wet and drizzly.  The clock struck midnight and the Skytower exploded with fireworks. POW!  BANG!  It was such a pity that the rain dampened them very…

Days 16 & 17: May the force be with you

I got a bit sidetracked this weekend, so you get a two-for-one instead! So may the force be with you. In case you haven’t noticed, Star Wars The Last Jedi, is now showing at cinemas across New Zealand.  I have enjoyed the Star Wars movies from the past 3 years, loving the epic adventures and…

Day 9: Do the b&w photo challenge

Day 1/7 7 days, 7 B&W photos of your life. No people no explanation. I nominate anyone reading this to do the challenge too. #xmascountdown2017  From 1-24 December I will blog daily suggestions with tips and advice on awesome things to do, see or experience during the festive season.  The summer also represents a perfect opportunity…

Recruiter tips and insights for job seekers

Yesterday I attended a CDANZ breakfast panel discussion entitled “Applying for a Job” What do candidates need to know about the recruitment process? The panellists included recruitment specialists Katy Lloyd (Talent and Culture Manager, Accor Group), Holly Sheldon (Recruitment and Talent Advisor, Foodstuffs) and Jacqui Shore (People and Performance Advisor, Delegats Wines). The three specialists…

Happy 20th birthday CDANZ!

What do you when the main professional body for career development in New Zealand (yes, that would be CDANZ) celebrates their 20th birthday? Well… you think about the chef who bakes the cake, the event planner who organises the party, the emcee who facilitates and hosts the event, the writers who construct the speeches, the…

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…

Unitec Student Connectors

This week we officially launched the International Student Connectors programme at Unitec.  The purpose behind this programme is empower and guide International students to support other students during their study journey.  This can be through volunteer opportunities, peer-to-peer support activities, to participating in on-campus events.  We will also provide the students with ongoing professional and…

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…

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…