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Massey University Information Evenings

Posted by John Ross on May 12, 2009

Our information evenings offer an opportunity for prospective students, parents and teachers to meet with academic staff.  They offer the chance to explore study options and career pathways.

Use this link to access the schedule of Information Evenings on our Albany (Auckland) campus for May 2009:

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Massey University College of Business student?

Posted by John Ross on May 8, 2009

Massey University’s College of Business and Career Services together with Manawatu Chamber of Commerce and Vision Manawatu have developed the following paper:

Internship in Business – 115.377 – 15 credits, Semester 2, 2009

Are you a Massey University College of Business student who is interested in applying in ‘the real world’ the skills and knowledge you’ve developed over the last three years?  If your answer is yes, then this is the paper for you.

All internally assessed, it provides you with the opportunity to work on a business-related project with one of our participating local businesses.  This paper will be an excellent transition from university to work and will enable you to link theory with practice.

Currently, we have projects with the following businesses:

Courtesy Ford Totally Vets Snap Business Breakthroughs 
Disbin  Workbridge After School Kids
Peacock Promotions  Café Soskys Hughes Joinery Ltd.
Spider Tracks Gold Medal Wines Watsons Real Estate 
Ihi        Aotearoa House New Zealand Home Loans 
Highbury Whanau Centre Kia Ora FM Tutoa Charitable Trust 
Startme C.B. Norwood Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Inc. 

Only limited places are available.  If you are interested please contact either:

You should submit your CV and a reason why you want to do this paper by:

 Monday 18th May 2009

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Students offered Massey University bursary support in economic crisis

Posted by John Ross on May 8, 2009

New Zealanders hit by the world financial crisis are eligible for 50 new $1000 study bursaries established by Massey University to enable them to enrol in the second semester and improve their employability by up-skilling.

Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey says anyone whose employment has been effected by economic downturn – or is likely to be – may apply when they enrol or immediately if they are a current student, either internal or extramural.

“We felt it was important to recognise that many people are either having to review their career paths or face uncertainty,” Mr Maharey says. “We wanted also to provide an incentive to people to grow their knowledge and their skill set, and use what will inevitably be a temporary downturn in employment prospects, as an opportunity to ensure they are better placed to take advantage when the climate improves.”

Applications for the bursaries close on June 15.  All applicants must be either New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, enrolling extramurally or internally in full or part-time study and must show a willingness to complete their intended programme of study.

Courses offered for semester two, which begins on July 13, include undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the arts, health sciences, business, biological sport and exercise science and computing.

Applications forms can be obtained from the semester 2 website or by phoning 0800-627-739.

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Study in Japan

Posted by John Ross on May 6, 2009

The Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture (Monbukagakusho) of the Government of Japan offers scholarships to foreign students who wish to study at Japanese universities.  For more information see:

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Two things…

Posted by John Ross on April 29, 2009

Here are two items that might be of interest:

 

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Expo info

Posted by John Ross on April 28, 2009

If you’re a Massey University student (internal or extramural) living on – or near – the Manawatu (Palmerston North) campus then our imminent career fairs are events you’ll probably not want to miss.  They are –

  • General Expo (Manawatu campus) – May 5th 2009 – 11.00 am until 3.00 pm in the Student Dining Hall and MUSA Coffee Lounge, Turitea.
  • Agribusiness/Applied Science/Engineering/Science Expo (Manawatu Campus) – May 6th 2009 – 11.00 am until 3.00 pm in the Student Dining Hall and MUSA Coffee Lounge, Turitea

For more information see:

Crucially, if you’re planning to attend take time to look at the resources on how to prepare for the expos.  You’ll  find these under:

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U K? O K

Posted by John Ross on April 24, 2009

As a Scot now settled happily in New Zealand, I thought that this might be of interest to you:

Top British Scholarship up for Grabs

A scholarship for New Zealand’s top young graduates is now only weeks away from closing.

The Chevening Scholarship is for a year of postgraduate study at a British centre of Higher Education and is aimed at graduates with the potential to be future leaders.

The scholarship, worth £16,500, covers airfares, tuition and living expenses and the candidate will be selected by the British High Commission in Wellington

The scholarships are offered in over 150 countries around the world.  Applicants are asked to apply by 1 May 2009.

For more information visit:

http://www.chevening.com/how-apply

https://www.chevening.fco.gov.uk/CheveningApplications/CA_Start.aspx

For further information contact:
Chris Harrington,
British High Commission, Wellington
Telephone 04 924 2857
Mobile 029 924 2857
Email: Chris.Harrington@fco.gov.uk or bhcpress@xtra.co.nz

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Another short post

Posted by John Ross on April 21, 2009

Another short post today, but it offers links to a useful resource.  My friends at Career Services Rapuara have a number of slideshows on their website, looking at ‘a day in the life of ‘ people in certain occupations.  Check out their slideshows for:

A clinical psychologist

An early childhood teacher 

For information on the Massey University qualifications in these fields the following links will be useful:

Early Chilhood 

Clinical Psychology

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Latest musings…

Posted by John Ross on April 9, 2009

It was an article in last Monday’s New Zealand Herald that got me working on this post.  The article, headed ‘Graduates adjust to shrinking job market’ notes a shift in graduate expectations as they seek to enter a recession-hit labour market.  It quotes a colleague from the careers team at the University of Auckland who sees employers having “the upper hand” at the present time.  Whilst he believes that most graduates will still find work their expectations will have to be realistic; their job search may need to be broader than it might have been before and their skills may need to be refined.    

I’m finding that some employers are still looking for new staff but that many others are playing a waiting game.  Not surprisingly, the number of employers offering pay increases has shrunk markedly and some have instigated pay – and/or hours – cuts and a reassessment of benefits offered to staff.  Coupled with this, there is likely to be a trend in older workers delaying their retirement and there can be no doubt that the talent pool that employers can draw from when hiring has widened. 

As has been highlighted in previous posts, those with the best chance of finding work are those with easily transferable, up-to-date skills that are in demand.  This has led to an increase in those taking on – or considering – a return to education or training.

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FAIRly obvious

Posted by John Ross on March 31, 2009

A very brief post today, as work away from home beckons for me.  However, I thought that this might be of interest and use to the NZ/Australian graduate job seeker:

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