There is no getting away from it – the best jobs most often come from word-of-mouth. By word-of-mouth, I don’t necessarily mean from close friends or family, it can come from colleagues, lecturers, tutors, the corner dairy owner, ministers, shop assistants, friends of friends, people you might meet at a conference, a social event, even […]

With competition for jobs high and employers looking for work experience, the demand for internships is increasing all the time. Whilst many of these internships are paid, we are seeing a growth in the number of unpaid internships being offered. Internships are not defined in the Employment Relations Act and unpaid interns are considered volunteers […]

Yesterday afternoon I was delighted to be involved in the signing of a partnership agreement between Victoria University’s Disability Support and Careers and Employment, and Workbridge. Aligned with Victoria’s employability strategy, this Partnership Agreement demonstrates our strong commitment to work together to increase opportunities for relevant, meaningful employment for current and recently graduated students with […]

Already we are at the end of the first month of the New Year. Where has the time gone?   Perhaps resolutions made in the first week are already waning as we become embroiled in everyday’ busy-ness’. Don’t despair if you are already feeling the weight of the future coming down on you. There are five […]

The transition from university to work can be daunting. Excitement can be mixed with a healthy dose of anxiety and confusion over what exactly may be expected of you. In order to make sure you start off on the right foot and ensure success, there are a few things to look out for. Listen and […]

If there is one thing that really irritates me is the obsession by the media in this country about the earning power of education. It’s as if the value of a degree is based solely on how much a graduate can earn. Last week the Dominion Post carried yet another one of these articles, ‘Not all learning […]

Quite by accident whilst searching for information on a particular job, I came across an article published last month by The Balance on ‘Top 15 Interesting, Unique and Weird Jobs” – of course I had to go and investigate!  It is Friday afternoon and I could use a bit of light entertainment – all in […]

You will have heard by now how important networking can be in looking for work. Word of mouth, personal contacts and recommendations are still the best ways to find out about job opportunities. At a networking event I attended last week, recent graduates spoke about how they used LinkedIn and Twitter to develop valuable connections […]

On a daily basis we keep hearing that the world of work is changing. This is something everyone agrees with, however how to best prepare for the fast changing world of work raises a diverse range of views!  The problem is that even as I write this, a new job is created.  How do you […]

A Careers in Focus event we have coming up in July got me started thinking about big data. IBM defines big data as managing huge amounts of data and being able to process it quickly.  When trying to solve problems, uncovering the ‘truth’ that lies beneath the surface is critical and accurate evidence is required.  A […]