Welcome back to work!

Today is my first day back at work, which also coincides with the predicted weather bomb set to hit New Zealand.  When I peer outside the skies are a dull concrete colour and the rain is lashing the pavements.  I notice people scuttling past with their umbrellas screaming as they bend in the wind.  Cars…

Going back to school… fresh start in 2018!

Next January I will officially begin my new job as the lead Careers Advisor at St Peter’s College in Auckland.  This also happens to be my old high school, so I will go full-circle and return to my educational roots! To love and to serve.  It was serendipitous as to how I ended up pursuing…

Day 15: Reflect on your work successes

As we head towards Christmas, it useful to look back on the year and to reflect on your work challenges and successes.  Not only does this give you a sense of what has been achieved over a significant period of time, but it also allows you think about opportunities you may wish to grow and…

Pacific perspectives on career development

Talofa lava, Kiaorana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo ni, Kia ora koutou and greetings.  Last week a panel discussion focusing on the Pacific Perspectives on Career Development featured at the CDANZ National Symposium in Auckland.  The panelists included: Fa’anānā Efeso Collins (Samoa, Tokelau) , Councillor – Auckland Council Dr Jemaima…

So what’s your coffee of choice?

Okay peeps.  Finally a blog post about coffee! This morning I woke feeling more tired than usual (must be all that weekend sunshine) and my first instinct was to get a coffee when I got to work.  Habit, or something more you ask?  Some argue that there are scientific health benefits relating to caffeine consumption:…

A global student is every student

Yesterday Unitec had it’s Open Day and it was so exciting to show members of the public our new working space, Te Puna. Along with amazing Student Support Team Leader Helena Finau, our role was to co-ordinate a group of student “Connector” volunteers.   The Connectors are a group of International students who engage in organised…

The highs and lows of study

Earlier this year I began my Masters study journey.  At that time I was nervously excited about tackling this long-time goal, but was also conscious on the impact it would have on my work-life balance. I had three months to complete my first paper and was assisted by my awesome facilitator Trish, who had regular…

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…

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…