After a year of arduously slaving my way towards a First Class Honours Degree, I thought I’d be able to pick up a job as easily as a packet of Extra chewing gum at the New World self-checkout. Incidentally, so did my parents, and my friend’s parents, and just about every Baby Boomer that I […]

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 […]

With competition for jobs high and employers looking for work experience, the demand for internships is increasing all the time. Whilst many of these internships are paid, we are seeing a growth in the number of unpaid internships being offered. Internships are not defined in the Employment Relations Act and unpaid interns are considered volunteers […]

Quite by accident whilst searching for information on a particular job, I came across an article published last month by The Balance on ‘Top 15 Interesting, Unique and Weird Jobs” – of course I had to go and investigate!  It is Friday afternoon and I could use a bit of light entertainment – all in […]

On a daily basis we keep hearing that the world of work is changing. This is something everyone agrees with, however how to best prepare for the fast changing world of work raises a diverse range of views!  The problem is that even as I write this, a new job is created.  How do you […]

A Careers in Focus event we have coming up in July got me started thinking about big data. IBM defines big data as managing huge amounts of data and being able to process it quickly.  When trying to solve problems, uncovering the ‘truth’ that lies beneath the surface is critical and accurate evidence is required.  A […]

I don’t like it when I make mistakes. So I’m reading Atul Gawande‘s book, The Checklist Manifesto. While on the one hand, most of our best learning comes from the mistakes we make, they are also really annoying/embarrassing and can cost time and money to fix.  In some jobs they cost lives or millions of dollars.  In Gawande’s […]

I remember approaching a very fancy looking building for an interview one day and was completely intimidated as I stood and watched a combination of well dressed, seemingly ‘with it’ people glide, stride and march towards the gleaming glass doors, swipping their entry cards along the way, immediately branding themselves as ‘Employed’. This feeling intensified […]

I have just been attending a forum on the growing concerns of employability. I am certain that you will not be surprised to hear that work experience featured quite strongly as something employers look for when recruiting graduates. But there was something else which came up several times during the course of the day – […]

It’s that time of year when many students and soon to be graduates are job hunting for summer or full time work. I’ve spoken with a few students who are considering sending a ‘speculative application’ to some prospective employers. It’s certainly worth considering for the simple benefit of potentially finding a job that hasn’t been […]