Feeling comfortable with being ‘on-camera’ and also having the technical skills to set up your end of a Skype or video interview, is an increasingly useful skills set for students and graduates. As a student you can collaborate on projects easily with students in other locations and from other institutions, and as a graduate you […]

You’ve probably read articles and blogs proclaiming the demise of the CV, but as Mark Twain said in response to a similar announcements in relation to himself, “reports of my death are greatly exaggerated!” As a Career Consultant I do what I can to dismiss this persistent rumour, but what’s the story behind this claim? […]

I’ve always loved ABBA songs…yes I admit it although others won’t. A few months ago browsing in Te Omanga Hospice Shop in Petone, I came across ABBA Gold the DVD and later at home exercised my lungs for an hour singing along to their greatest hits. But I digress. I have a reason for paraphrasing an ABBA […]

I was thinking today about New Zealand’s courageous athletes who will shortly head off to Rio de Janeiro to represent our country. Their individual journeys will have involved many acts of mental and physical courage and they will continue to draw on these in the challenging weeks ahead. Aristotle said, ‘you will never do anything […]

According to Canadian PhD graduate destination statistics, 59 percent of PhD’s are employed in roles other than teaching and research and for the UK the figure is 64 percent.  So what are the implications for you if you are considering, or currently completing, study at this level? I imagine that almost everyone who embarks on […]

Self-confidence lies at the heart of many of the behaviours that we find attractive and impressive in others and affects our own ability to be successful and happy in our personal and working lives. Is this an over-statement? No. Is it easy to be confident if you are not? No. Should you still aim to increase your confidence? Absolutely. In an […]

‘Writing’ a CV that will get the ‘OK’ from a busy recruiter requires good sentence structure, pertinent content,  concise but informative descriptions, a logical sequence of information and good presentation. Most students and graduates can achieve this with a little help. However ‘creating’ a ‘stellar’ CV, involves four additional steps to more fully engage the […]

Congratulations, you achieved the goal of getting into university…but so so did thousands of others. A university degree is an increasingly common commodity. So now that you’re, here it may be time to ask yourself, why was getting to university so important? Saying, because I want a degree, is a little vague and a vague […]

News flash. Would you like a job that feels like Christmas…all year round? Santa-Global, the well-established, well-loved and iconic company, familiar to hundreds of millions of this planet’s children, is looking for university graduates to begin a career at their Head Office at the North Pole. The owners of Santa-Global, Santa and Jessica-Mary Claus have […]

We’ve all had the experience of reading reports and unfortunately perhaps, too few that epitomise effective report writing. Most are flawed as the result of being poorly conceived, structured, written or presented. Generally reports are intended to inform, and prompt a decision or action. They typically present findings from the analysis of data relating to operations, […]