I’d like to claim some kind of greater powers, having written about earthquakes and careers mere weeks before, hot on the heels of a Trump win in the US, there was a major 7.6 quake, centered near Kaikoura in the South Island.  The quake has taken two lives, paralysed Kaikoura and North Canterbury and severely rattled our […]

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 […]

A topic that often comes up in conversation with friends my age is that our generation is, in many ways, so different from our parents’. This can often make it difficult when going to them for advice. Our parents have our best interests at heart, but all too often their advice is based on what […]

Decisions are hard. I am bad at making decisions; case in point – I can’t even decide on a title for this blog post. We are faced with making decisions every day. What style of jeans are you after – regular cut, slim fit, classic, boot cut, relaxed, or straight leg? What sort of hair […]

Having a workplace or study environment where you can be productive and happy is important. Recently I have noticed the latest craze in the UK which is all about the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ or living cosily (Pronounced ‘hoo-gah’) – the wellness trend originating from the world’s happiest nation. Nine books will be published this […]

My last blog post looked at how technology affects the current workforce – you can read it here if you’ve missed it. Technological advances have changed the job market (and will, no doubt, continue to do so in years to come). Even though some new jobs are created (e.g. social media advisor), I argue that […]

I think taking a gap year is underrated. By this I’m referring to a year between high school and uni. You could take a gap year during your studies, or even after your studies, but for the purpose of this opinion piece ‘gap year’ will refer to doing something different for a year between high […]

I love talking to people at career and study information expos and events.  People who are at a crossroads or point of transition in their lives.  I notice that parents are particularly anxious that their children are making the right decision, which I understand, having been there. When they see someone with the same worry lines as they have standing […]

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 […]

The job market is changing (well, water is wet). We have moved from the days of needing a switchboard operator to transfer calls at a telephone exchange to everyone carrying a smartphone in their pocket. The way we work and communicate with each other have also changed because of technology. I still remember the days […]