Returning to paid work & the value of transferable skills

Return to work
  There are many reasons that might lead to a break from paid work, such as taking time to look after kids, caregiving a parent or someone in need, taking time to heal from an accident or health event, volunteering your time for a cause, pursuing an interest, traveling overseas or furthering your education. It's natural to be apprehensive when returning...

Do I talk to my manager about how unhappy I am in my job?

Being in a role that doesn’t bring satisfaction, fulfilment and happiness can take its toll. The average person spends over 100,000 hours at work during their lifetime, and that is a significant amount of time to not enjoy what you are doing. There was an interesting trend during and after Covid-19 lockdowns when most workers were suddenly required to work...

Our new normal of working is yet to unfold

What a strange two years we have had - so much has happened globally with Covid-19 that it is easy to lose track of all that we have been navigating. Lock downs, vaccinations, vaccine pass, PCR tests and RATs, mask wearing, closed borders, essential workers, contact tracing – this became the new norm for all of us. The impact...

The great expectations of graduates

When I secured my first full time ‘serious’ job after completing my Master of Arts in Industrial Psychology, I had great expectations of what I would be doing. I had spent the last six years studying hard whilst my friends were off doing their OE. My hard work was now going to pay off, and I was recruited as...

Get out of my life!

When I was navigating the trials and tribulations that comes with raising teenagers, a well meaning friend lent me the book, ‘Get Out of My Life, but First Could You Drive Me & Cheryl to the Mall: A Parent's Guide to the New Teenager”, by Anthony E. Wolf. I laughed at the title, because it represented the heart of...

Turning your hobby into a business

love your career
Turning your hobby into a business - sounds ideal doesn’t it – doing something that is fun and making money! But I often get the feedback from clients that they are scared to go down this track – what if their hobby becomes a task, and they lose the enjoyment that they currently get from it. What if it...

Why It Is Important To Get Career Help From A Professional

Caroline Sandford Love Your Career
Throughout our lives, we can be faced with many situations such as not being clear about career direction, returning to the paid workforce after a break, facing a sudden change in job situation and having to reassess, not knowing how to successfully secure a job, wanting to change direction in career, and so forth. In these situations, the benefit...

When Motivation Is Hard To Find…..

When you feel unmotivated
I love what I do. But sometimes, like many of you I am sure, my motivation can be lacking. And I struggle because I am doing what I love! When the energy, excitement and creativity that I had is waning and I start questioning myself and wonder whether maybe I have got it wrong, and all the work that...

Questions to help you to reflect on your year

Christmas is so close. The festive spirit is well and truly alive and productivity is definitely not at its peak. Many of you will be hanging out for a break, the extra days off and the chance to recharge after another long year. Some of you will have had your best year yet (lucky you!) and others will have been...

Job search tips from Recruiters

I recently had the opportunity to attend an event with a panel of three recruiters from three very different industries. The first organisation has over 30,000 employees, and is New Zealand’s largest retail grocery company. The second is one of the world’s largest hotel tourism groups, and the third is a leading global super premium wine company. The information...