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 […]

Volunteering overseas isn’t just altruistic – it can be a powerful way to advance your career. Feeling a burning desire to do some good in the world? The opportunities for volunteering overseas are plentiful these days, and the rewards can be huge. But if you consider your options carefully, a volunteer experience can be more […]

Victoria University has some very well run student support programmes. These programmes require high quality student leaders to step up to deliver services and be prepared to work hard to help their peers. The leaders need integrity, excellent communication skills and resilience but perhaps the most important quality is empathy. I am therefore reminded of Simon Sinek’s ‘Leaders Eat […]

Have you ever wanted to do Outward Bound?  Did you think your opportunity had past?  Well…. I have good news for you!  Opportunities are abound! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Outward Bound, it is located in the Marlborough Sounds, and it offers a programme of outdoor adventure courses which are all about […]

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 […]

One of the most important aspects of working with Te Tiriti is making sure that anything we do is genuine and not just for show. To ensure this, employers and staff need a good understanding of what Te Tiriti is and means, so that they can work out how it applies to them. To gain […]

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 […]

Over the summer I’ve been doing a poetry workshop that Vic teaches in conjunction with Iowa University.  It’s a real privilege to be able to do it, and I’m sure my writing practice will improve as a result.  But you know what the most profound and measurable result for me has been?  Overcoming my fear […]

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 […]