How to get your teenagers work-ready

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Your teen’s boss wants to see the burgers grilled, not your teen’s teeth grill

Getting your young person to see that towels and carpets don’t mix is hard enough. What about trying to get them ready for the world of work? Once you’ve got them off Snapchat, tell them what employers have told us. We’re not pulling any punches. Continue Reading ›

What you need to know right now about employment in Otago

Otago is a region on the rise. It has the second lowest rate of unemployment in New Zealand, and employment in the area is continuing to grow. If you’re looking for a career in a beautiful city near beaches and mountains, and away from long commutes and overpriced housing, Otago may just be for you.

To plan your career in Otago, go along to the Otago Careers Festival – on throughout May. Continue Reading ›

UI, UX: Who does what? A designer’s guide to the tech industry

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Who builds those interface blocks for users?

User design is the new and exciting career path for designers and analysts.

But what does a UX (user experience) designer or UI (user interface) designer do? And what is the difference between a product designer and a graphic designer?

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Should you change your trade career before you retire?

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Will you want to climb scaffolds at 60?

I overhear many career stories on the bus home from work. This time it was my driver. He became our public chauffeur because he needed to get out of building as he “couldn’t hack the physical work anymore”.

He was lucky – he made the decision while still fit and got a job. Not so for some of our Advice Line callers, who need to change jobs as they’ve had an accident and can’t find new work .

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Is a Bachelor’s degree enough?

We’ve checked out the stats on Bachelors graduates and had a look at who was still in full-time study three years after graduating.

We found that that people who study certain types of subjects may be more likely to continue on to further study. Check out the graphic below for the highest and lowest rates. Science graduates come out the highest, compared with subject areas like information technology or teacher education, which have relatively low levels of further study.

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