We’ve written a lot of blogs about how to prepare for interviews over the years. What to wear, what to say, how to cover for that gap in your CV when you ran away to join the circus, or that bad grade you got because you didn’t realise that Godot is never actually going to […]

All our experiences give us opportunities to improve and practice key skills which will help us with our future careers. OWEEK is no exception so here are five top tips for when and where you can practice important employability skills: 1. Planning – Make sure you understand what new students’ orientation is about – sort […]

It has always been ‘known’ that listening to music affects the brain, in particular, mood and concentration and there have even been claims that it can increase intelligence. While the latter remains debatable, in recent years several research studies have indicated that certain types of music do indeed affect different parts of the brain, enhancing […]

Have you ever had to go to a presentation or a lecture and felt as if you’d wandered into one of Charles M Schulz’s Peanuts comics? Learning a new skill often requires learning a whole new vocabulary, so with that in mind, I’ve gathered together a list of words which are often used here at […]

We all need feel good activities to get through exams or particularly busy periods in the office. At our amazing University in Wellington, staff and students alike have been working hard and feeling the onset of the Southern hemisphere winter. It is therefore heartening to see supportive initiatives to ensure we stay healthy and take […]

To do, or not to do: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of the undergraduate job market Or to take arms against the jeer and mock of disparaging employers And, by PhD, master them We all know by now that postgraduate degrees and the plethora […]

If you are studying economics take note. According to a raft of research, economics students become greedier, more selfish and less charitable over the course of their degree. Writing in Psychology Today, Adam Grant has compiled the results of numerous surveys and research on the behaviour of students studying economics. Studies indicate that ‘altruistic values […]

Stressed out by exams and study overload? One of the best ways to relieve the pressure is to take some time out. Here are some slightly left-of-field ways to fend of that stress: Pat a pooch. Get some puppy love and hug something furry. Otago University has a puppy room where students can de-stress by playing with […]

This blog was due last week. I can’t avoid it any more. It has reached the point on my To Do list where it is all alone and nothing can come before it. I’ve tried to make the stark words ‘do blog!’ more appealing with bright yellow highlighter and a delightful doodle all around it. An excellent 10 minutes had been spent browsing […]

Is your motivation to earn a degree based on your intrinsic desire to achieve; what your parents want; or perhaps simply to land a decent job or start a dream career? So, do you actually need a degree? It is true that some occupations don’t necessarily value the traditional education training (e.g. some creative industries). […]