Employability Blog

Volunteering - a way to stand out to employers

New Volunteering collage

Keen to get some experience outside of your study but struggling to work out how to do it? Volunteering is one way to do this – it gives you the chance to connect and learn about wokplaces - and is something that employers look upon extremely positively in these uncertain times

Studentforce - a novel response to unprecedented times

Studentforce answer to work prep

Challenge: Students need work experience yet organisations can’t afford to take extra staff on. Solution: AUT Studentforce. Post Covid 19 is a tough environment for final year students looking to enter the workplace. Many organisations are facing economic challenges and not able to offer part time work, internships or graduate roles in the foreseeable future. Yet - for many - now is the time they need an extra pair of hands for a project to help them through.

2020 Cisco MentorMe Program

Cisco Mentor ME

The Cisco MentorMe program was a unique opportunity to develop my personal brand and achieve my goals with the guidance of a mentor who has years of experience in the industry, says AUT software development student Bernadette Cruz.

Identifying and building your skills

Finger pointing at you

Got no skills that employers would want? You’d be surprised how many skills you’re developing, alongside your technical professional skills, as you study, work and play. Get some pointers from four employers who recently presented at AUT Employability Matters!

How to stand out in a disruptive employment market

Panda standing out in crowd

There is no magic to standing out in a disruptive employment market! It is about simple things – knowing who you are, what your skills are and how to look for opportunities, according to the recruiters and employers speaking at Employability Matters at AUT recently.

How to adapt and network after Covid-19

Jungle Gym in colour

Careers these days are like jungle gyms, declared Seek NZ Customer Success Manager Gemma Richardson in her presentation to AUT students at Employability Matters in late May.

So be nimble like kids on playgrounds - face the challenges, scramble about, find your way and be adaptable. You’ll be surprised at how far you can go on your career journey.

What is thought leadership? How to start your thought leadership journey now!

Question mark of thought

What if you didn’t have to climb the corporate ladder to become a leader? What if you could influence a range of people, across and beyond your own industry?  What if you could use that idea that you’ve always had in the back of your mind to propel you to amazing horizons?

Jump into change - use it to help you

Jumping on a highway

So much change and so quickly! We’ve all been scrambling to cope with new approaches to learning and communicating, creation of bubbles and managing our time differently.

While this change has been fast, furious and unprecedented, the way you deal with it could make a huge difference to you from an employability and careers perspective.

5 Tips on looking good (professionally) online

Not a good online look

Do you want your employment opportunities doomed because of your online look? Do you want to stand out from the crowd because you have jam down your top, greasy hair, an unmade bed or a flatmate fooling around in the background?  Maybe not?

What's it like having a career where … you’re helping people fight to prolong their lives

MLS Lon Hua at work at IGENZ

“When we find a result for terminally ill patients that links to a drug to improve their quality of life, the feeling is priceless,” says Lon Hua with a big smile.

No, Lon is not a front-line medical health specialist, but a medical laboratory scientist providing key test results - behind the scene - for people suffering with a terminal illness.

“As a medical laboratory scientist – you can make a big impact in the medical and healthcare sector,” says Lon.