A comparison of writing types I found this useful page from the EIT Library and Learning Services that compares the different types of writing you may be asked to do in your studies and work. Contents The styles – what’s expected? The Hilsdon model is a simple graphic that helps you see where certain questions fit […]

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 […]

Some people seem fated to repeat their interview blunders and never quite get to the point where they know how to be their ‘best self’ in an interview.  If there was a way to systematically improve each interview performance by learning from previous ones, wouldn’t you be interested? Selection processes are becoming increasing diverse and unpredictable […]

I have just discovered the joy of podcasts: and boy do we have a couple good ‘uns here in Wellington care of our esteemed Vic alumni/students and friends. I strongly recommend What’s Next? with Sophie and Hannah, both Vic graduates – “a podcast about navigating your way through adulthood and everything that comes with it. Hosted by […]

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 […]

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 […]

My biggest regret about my undergraduate years is not studying what I was really passionate about. If I could do it all again (and there’s no reason why I can’t) I would spend a bit longer getting my degree, but include a variety of interest papers to get a feel for other subject areas. Sometimes […]

I recently read an article about whether you can teach reflective practice.  I tend to believe it’s more a matter of learning rather than teaching and in a way the article agrees, for it’s based on the experience of an instructor learning from a student’s experience.  It’s a useful guide for helping to unravel the ‘mystery’ […]

It’s National Volunteer Week which celebrates the vital contribution of New Zealand’s approximately 1.2 million volunteers to social development, the economy and the environment. This year the focus is on time – recognising that volunteers need to make time for volunteering in their busy schedules, and thanking volunteers for their time. Make time – Whai […]