News & Views

Do Something for Nothing?

August 14, 2017

Dog rescue

Doing something for nothing? Why would you? Actually there are compelling career reasons for volunteering, as well as giving back to your community! And it isn't just me banging on about it! Big players like SEEK agree.

Employability Skills - how to figure them out!

August 14, 2017


I would be a wealthy person if I got $10 every time a student told me they didn’t have employability skills to offer employers.

No employability skills? Really? Anyone who has lived on this planet for the past 18 years or more will have skills they can offer.

August PR Visa Changes and You

August 14, 2017

Wanting to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) under Immigration NZ's Skilled Migrant Category? Here are some tips.

Get ahead of the competition as an International Student

August 14, 2017

A victorious job hunter

A qualification is a great start to finding employment but you also need to develop work ready skills and experience to improve your chances of finding a good job that fits visa requirements.

Networking in Fear

August 14, 2017

Forest Gump

I take a deep breath and step inside the room. People are clustered everywhere chatting, laughing, hahaha. Who do I know? No, I’m here to make new contacts. Hmm, drinks in the corner, I’ll work my way over there and hope like hell someone approaches me. How long before I can slip away?

Bridging the Gap Between Uni and Career

August 10, 2017

Springboard to your career

Did you know that Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is the second largest and fastest growing University in New Zealand, with over 2,500 staff and close to 28,000 students? Bridge the gap between uni life and your career - join AUT Graduate Programme. Our current AUT graduates share their experiences with us and share why the  is the ideal springboard to help you launch your career.

Keep on Keep on Going

August 10, 2017

Question Mark

After a series of job rejection emails, I contact the company to ask why I’m not shortlisted for the job opening. They reply telling me they had received 1000 applications and could only select 10. Asking the question of why I didn’t make it was hard but I learned that it wasn’t me.

The Art of Leadership

August 10, 2017


Leadership is expressed in many different ways. Recently our team welcomed to Employability Matters four very different leaders, who are at the top of their respective games, to share their own journeys, definitions and experiences of leadership.

Who will I be when I grow up?

August 10, 2017

Who will I be

I’m sitting at my desk right now and trying to think about what type of blog posts you guys want to read. How to get a job? Will I ever get a break? What’s my dream job? What am I going to do after graduation?

What advice did I wish I have at 18, 22, 25 or 30? Or even now? Would I have listened to it? Maybe, maybe not. I really had to go through my own experiences to learn what I needed to know. I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up.

Employ – a – who? Employ – a – you!

August 10, 2017

Ashley Kirkness

Employability. We have all heard it before. We all need it to survive in the big bad world but what does it actually mean?

Does it mean stress and tears trying to make a last minute CV?

Does it mean endless days and nights sending your cover letter and CV to every open opportunity only to have no reply?

Or is something you put off until the last minute before you need to do something about it.


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