Sometimes I just need to pause for a moment. Take time out from this busy life to recharge. Make myself unavailable for a day. No plans. No alarms. No schedules. And without this downtime I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the pace of every other day. I can’t always be striving, be rushing, be […]

I loved going to University. I felt like I was a ‘proper adult’ having finally left school and I was completely confident that all it would take for me to be successful in my working life was a degree. Because that’s what everyone told me. It certainly helped, however, I soon found out that a […]

I’ve noticed in our monthly stats that an old etiquette blog I wrote continues to get views so I thought I’d mention an etiquette topic that not every student will encounter during their time at university: working in the open plan office. Since my first office job I’ve always worked in an open plan office ranging anywhere from two […]

They say a change is as good as a rest, and I personally think the opposite is also true. A staycation is as good as a vacation and Easter weekend provided me with some much-needed time to recharge both physically and mentally. I felt like I was able to reconnect with Real Me and what’s important […]

The beginning of the academic year is a pretty full on time for staff and students so the Easter break provided a welcome opportunity to rest, reflect and re-charge. While I was on my break I got to thinking about work-life balance. Employment New Zealand define this as: “…effectively managing the juggling act between paid […]

If you’re starting university as a new student, you’re likely to be dealing with a mix of excitement, trepidation and nerves. Leaving home for the first time, being in a new city and surrounded by thousands of unfamiliar faces can be overwhelming and you may have the sense of feeling out of place ‘como un […]

There are so many travel opportunities available to us – whether it is a gap year after high school, a semester abroad, or an OE after university. Sometimes it can be difficult deciding whether to travel, or to start your career – and even harder to leave your career to travel. But who says you […]

Top of my New Year’s resolution list when the clock struck midnight was to be more assertive in 2017. I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about this, but just knew that I would be a lot happier in both my personal and professional life if I put my own needs at least on par […]

There’s always a sense of freedom that accompanies the roll-over of a new year. We usually feel a renewed sense of optimism “this year I will do X” which results in lots of us making goals and resolutions (some which stick, some which don’t). Personally, I’m focusing on my well being which includes learning how […]

I am not usually one to advise students to spend lots of wasted hours looking at suggested posts on their Facebook feed, getting side-tracked into the lives of people they hardly know and generally filling one’s head with nonsense. Although, a good giggle at certain memes can certainly lighten up the working day. However, I have […]