A new beginning for our blog and an end to our subscription service

new site

A message to all our blog followers: this subscription service is about to end as we are moving the blog into our new-look, mobile-friendly website (launching November 2015). The subscription function won’t be available with the new format, but you can bookmark our ‘Articles’ page on the site to stay up-to-date. We’d like to thank all followers for your interest and support.

Be sure to check out our new and improved website www.careers.govt.nz – coming soon!

Free, tikanga-based training for jobs in agribusiness

Two young men standing in a field holding a calf each

Field of dreams – Whenua Kura offers free training for brilliant job opportunities in agribusiness

Brilliant opportunities are now on offer for young Māori to prepare themselves for the 50,000 jobs coming up in agribusiness.

Whenua Kura is a partnership between Ngāi Tahu and various tertiary training providers, which sees students working on Ngāi Tahu farms with training provided by Lincoln University. Successful applicants work towards setting up business opportunities for themselves and their whānau while getting qualified – and the training is free. Continue Reading ›

Let nature help with your work-life balance

Girl jumping into the sea with her hands outstretched

Getting outdoors and jumping into the sea can help bring some balance into your life, and be a great stress reliever!

Wishing you had more time to enjoy those outdoor summer activities but know it’s likely you’ll be bogged down by work and/or study commitments?

Stress from a never-ending workday can hurt relationships, health and your overall happiness. If you’re working long hours and can’t switch off then you need to ask yourself if you’re working as effectively as you can.

The ‘Healthy Nature, Healthy People’ theme of this year’s Conservation Week asks us to get into nature to refresh our bodies and minds. One of our most crucial needs – exercise – is often the first thing to go when our calendars fill up. But getting outside, whether walking in the bush or along the coastline, running, or playing a game of beach volleyball, is a great way to get invigorated and pump some feel-good endorphins through your body.

Ultimately, you’ll have to find your own work-life balance, but here are some ideas that can help you create time for that walk on the beach. Continue Reading ›

Could QR codes give your CV life?

QR code for Careers New Zealand website

QR code for Careers New Zealand website

Quick response (QR) codes’ maze-like patterns allow us to zap to websites, enter competitions, log into wifi and pay for that flat white – all from our smartphones.

Makes sense then that more of us are using them to give our CVs a bit more pop.

Continue Reading ›

Great job opportunities in health

students and health workers

Students and health workers at the Health Industry Big Day Out

The health industry includes many different types of organisations, which means that there are roles that could be a good fit for almost anyone – and health services are crying out for new staff.

“I’ve learned about a lot of job opportunities that I never expected to be in the health industry. It’s mind-blowing to know how many opportunities there are for Māori.” – Student who attended a recent Health Industry Big Day out.

Careers New Zealand organised the day to open the eyes, and expand the options, of over 150 students from around the East Coast.
Continue Reading ›

5 things the All Blacks can teach you about your job-hunting game

Richie McCaw stands on a float at a parade for the 2012 Rugby World Cup win. Beside him is the Rugby World Cup and he is wearing his medal and smiling

Richie McCaw celebrates New Zealand’s 2011 Rugby World Cup win

New Zealand is practically spontaneously combusting with hope that the All Blacks bring back the Rugby World Cup in 2015. There’s a lot of pressure on the team to do the right job and win.

When you think about it, trying to get that golden cup is a lot like trying to find a job. It takes hard work and a certain state of mind.

So what can our men teach you about your job hunting game?

Continue Reading ›

Forestry industry crying out for young, intelligent, sociable students

Ana Rickard, forestry intern examines a flax leaf

Ana Rickard, forestry science intern.

With the Gisborne region expected to need approximately 600 more forestry workers by 2020, local employers are keen to attract young people to the industry.

As a result, Careers New Zealand organised the Forestry Industry Big Day Out. Held in March 2015, it gave 80 East Coast students a taste of different forestry jobs – from hands-on to managerial roles – and advice about study and opportunities to get into the industry.

One tertiary provider involved in the event commented:

What was worthwhile and valuable about the day was being able to spend time with students who are genuinely interested in choosing forestry as a career. The industry is crying out for young, intelligent, articulate, sociable students.

Check out the video below to follow Shideen, a Year 13 student at Campion College in Gisborne, as she takes part in the Forestry Industry Big Day Out.

Continue Reading ›