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…

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…

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…

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…

Celebrate the success of others

Last week my awesome 13 year old cousin Theresa received the year 8 Dux award at her school’s end of year prize-giving.    Theresa is a wonderfully precocious kid with a love of K-Pop, Netflix, drawing, poetry and spending time with friends and family.  She also has an appreciation for global issues, including sustainability and…

Learning is fluid (and doesn’t need to stop)

Last year I wrote about commencing my Masters studies and how nervous, excited and challenged I was, especially as I was juggling a full time job and other commitments.   You can refer to those posts here…  https://coffeecareerchat.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/blending-work-with-study/ https://coffeecareerchat.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/the-highs-and-lows-of-study/ During my studies, I came across an unexpected turn of events in mid-2017 and ended up leaving…

Santa’s little helpers

Feliz NavidadFeliz NavidadFeliz NavidadProspero año y Felicidad! And so we sang to a group of keen and welcoming residents at Elmwood Village in Manurewa.   Yesterday I volunteered with a group of people through the ‘Adopt-a- Senior’ Christmas initative, where we spent time chatting with the eldlery residents, as well as giving them Christmas presents,…