The year has barely begun to turn yellow an autumnal and already so much has happened. This is no longer a new year blog! In the wake of recent tragic events in Aotearoa, it is hard to focus. However in a way, planning for another year of career seminars and events, is a good opportunity […]

Have you ever been to a party and someone asks ‘What do you do’?  In New Zealand, it is usually the next thing someone asks after you have introduced yourself! How do you feel you handle this question?  Do you feel you have your elevator pitch primed and ready to go? An article by Amanda […]

“It’s not what you know but who you know.” Time and again I hear this statement repeated when people are talking about finding work. Indeed it’s certainly been my experience – six of the seven jobs I’ve had since completing my studies have come through my networks. So if the work you do in lectures, […]

It’s an issue that affects all of us at one time or another, but can be especially prevalent at a time when society says we should be most social. Why does loneliness affect so many young people? This article https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/why-loneliness-affects-so-many-young-people explains it well. It can affect our performance at university and mean we don’t get […]

I loved going to University. I felt like I was a ‘proper adult’ having finally left school and I was completely confident that all it would take for me to be successful in my working life was a degree. Because that’s what everyone told me. It certainly helped, however, I soon found out that a […]

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 […]

You will have heard the saying ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know’ that gets you a foot in the door. This was certainly true when I started out after completing my BA at Victoria. Having a flatmate with a job in a recruitment agency, who told me about their need for a […]