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Job hunting in NZ or Australia?

Posted by John Ross on January 20, 2010

Happy New Year!

I’ll start by saying that one of my New Year resolutions is to add more posts here than I did in 2009.

As a start, here’s a useful link for you if you’re a student or graduate looking for work in New Zealand or Australia.  It takes you to the web site for a Virtual Careers Fair that will run on-line for three days from 29-31 March. You can preview the event 22-28 March, plan your visits, and register for scheduled chats.

During the event participating employers appear in expo halls by discipline making it easy to find them and you can engage with them one-on-one; attend employer presentations and group chats; access and download material and subscribe to employer newsletters.

You’ll have to register but the event is free to you.  Register at http://www.vcf.graduatecareers.com.au/

Furthermore, remember that we’re coming in to career expos and fairs season.  If you’re a Massey University student or graduate you can find out about the events we’re organising by going to http://careerhub.massey.ac.nz

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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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Sector savvy

Posted by John Ross on March 19, 2009

What gives someone the edge when they’re job seeking?  Well, a number of things but – in this post at least – I’ll be stressing the need to be sector-aware.

Potential employers will, of course, be interested in how convincingly you can write – and talk about:

  • Why you want the job – and what you know about it
  • The relevant skills; knowledge and experience that you have
  • Evidence of what you can bring to the role
  • How you can ‘hit the ground running’ and ‘add value’

However, they’ll also be interested in what you know of the sector they’re in; what you’ve done to find out about it and what you feel is its appeal to you.  I’d argue that this sector knowledge can also help you to decide what to do and where to apply – for example, are you concerned about joining a sector that may be in decline?  What are the trends in the sectors that interest you?

All in all, it’s crucial that you keep up with news and developments in sectors you’re interested in. A great way of doing so is through the use of RSS feeds from news sites such as

Then, not to be overlooked are professional organisations.  For an outline of some of these see:

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Fairs

Posted by John Ross on February 26, 2009

Every year, the career services at Massey University play host to a range of career fairs and expos.  Brief details of those planned for 2009 are given below.  If you are a Massey student, or recent Massey graduate, you can find out more by registering with/logging into:

 

 

In this site select the ‘Events’ tile and choose ‘view all events’.  As each event draws nearer you’ll find participating employers listed on the site.  Remember to register your likely attendance at these events too – you can do this on the Massey Careerhub site and it helps us to keep you updated on the Fairs and Expos.

·         Accounting & Finance Expo 2009 – Massey Albany Campus

Date: 10-Mar-2009

 

 

Career Expo for Accounting/Finance students – are you looking for a summer internship in 2009 or a graduate role in 2010? Want to know where your Accounting/Finance degree could lead you?

·         Accounting & Finance Expo  – Massey Manawatu Campus

Date: 16-Mar-2009

 

 

Looking for a summer internship in 2009 or a Graduate role in 2010? Want to know where your Accounting/Finance degree could lead you?

·         Careers Fair – General – Massey Manawatu campus

Date: 05-May-2009

 

 

This offers you your opportunity to talk to employers about career pathways, graduate positions and summer internships.

·         Agribusiness/Applied Science/Engineering/Science Exp – Massey Manawatu campus
Date: 06-May-2009

This is a chance for you to talk to employers about career pathways, graduate and summer opportunities and scholarships.

Not to be overlooked too is the Virtual Careers Fair – Australasia’s online meeting place for employers and students. Find jobs, meet with employers and perfect your job-hunting skills online! Running from 23rd March – 9th April.

For more information on this see:

 

 

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It is a funny thing about life

Posted by John Ross on February 18, 2008

“It is a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it” (W. Somerset Maugham).

Well, I guess I like this quote and I guess that I’m thinking it might tempt you to carry on reading this blog entry!  It’s themed around commitment – can I stay the course in my studies, will I ever see the end of them and what can I do when things get in the way? I also guess that I’ve got to begin by asking “why are you studying, or thinking of it?”

It goes without saying (but, of course, I’ll say it anyway!) commitment can be much, much easier if you’re studying something that you’re passionate about, interested in and doing well in.  Also, if there are goals to your studies and support around you.  There’s a place in this too for planning – are your studies well organised and can you see a clear, logical pathway through them?

If you’re studying at Massey, or thinking of doing so, our Student Liaison Advisers are great people to contact for help with planning your studies, and with navigating a path through them. Neatly, they’re based around the country so you may well find that there’s one in your area who can meet with you face-to-face. Equally, the people noted under ‘contacts’ on the web pages for each of Massey’s colleges can help too, as can our on-line information and enrolment books.

Note too that some of these people go on the road, once a year (around October/November), with me for Staying on Track – road shows designed for current and prospective students distance students who can drop in to explore their next academic and career steps.

Where distance study through Massey appeals to you, it’s well worth taking a look at the ‘planning your study’ section on the extramural pages of our website – and the ‘extramural study information’ and ‘extramural study options’ sections.   For those with assignments to do, ‘hot off the presses’ is our Assignment Timeline Calculator and, for all types of help with your studies, there’s an on-line academic support request form.

In this, and in my previous two or three blog entries, we’ve been looking at some of the challenges that distance students might face. You’ll have seen that we’ve also explored some of the support on hand here at Massey.  This might seem like a shameless plug for what is, after all, the place that pays me.  However, I genuinely think that they’re pretty good and they were one of the reasons I applied to work here.  So – given that – we’ll carry on with the theme of challenges and countering them.   

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I am what I am…

Posted by John Ross on February 5, 2008

Setting out on a university education is a scary thing for many, many people.  It’s natural to wonder ‘am I doing the right thing, have I chosen the right course, will I be able to cope, will I make friends and what will I do if things don’t work out?’ 

Within all of these concerns is the question of confidence – confidence in yourself and confidence in the choices that you’re making. It’ll probably come as no great surprise to you but people tend to do better on courses that they enjoy.  Doing well, in turn, boosts your confidence in your abilities.

This leads me to stress – do your research!  Consider what you want from a course, from an institution and from your time as a student.  In true career adviser style I’ve got to say that career choice could be one factor in your choice of studies.  Another could be how the qualifications that interest you are structured.  At Massey, any one of a team of Student Liaison Advisers can help with this – and with navigating a path through your studies.  So too can our booklet Choosing a career or major. 

Remember too that it’s OK to ask for help.  All universities have a host of support services available to help students to remain in, enjoy, make the most of and succeed at university.  Here at Massey this includes the study and exams skills, essay and assignment writing, report writing and referencing help offered by our Student Learning Centre – help that can, amongst other things, boost your confidence by boosting your grades and developing your full learning potential! See also, our On-line Writing and Learning Link. 

Check out our Assignment Pre-Reading Service. too.  This innovative and well-received service for our distance students offers them the opportunity to email up to two assignments per semester to a writing consultant for pre-reading (to obtain comments on structure and style) before submitting the assignment for marking.  Active participation in any of their regional workshops can also be a confidence-booster – very often you’ll find yourself in a room full of like minds, people with similar worries, concerns and questions as you – and the same applies to those who take part in any on-line learning element and/or contact course elements of their studies.

Alongside the Student Learning Centre are additional support services such as Massey’s Student Counselling Service – in particular see their publication ‘Dealing with low self-esteem’ if self-confidence is an issue for you.  Not to be overlooked too, is support for dealing with IT issues – getting to grips with the technology that is used increasingly in distance learning can  be a huge aid to confidence.

While we’re on ‘getting to grips’ what about the crucial getting to grips with how your work will be assessed issue?  You can find out more about this here. Finally, how about hearing from some who have been there and done that?  You can do so here.

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I want to be alone

Posted by John Ross on January 15, 2008

In this blog we’ve looked at why people become students and why some choose to do so from a distance.  Surprise, surprise – few choose distance studies citing “I want to be alone”.  Just how alone would you be though?  What support is out there to counter feelings of isolation?

Here at Massey we talk of the ‘extramural campus’ (if truth be told, as a committed Europhile I prefer ‘campus sans frontieres’).  Our distance students are spread throughout NZ and the world (even France!) but are part of a nineteen-thousand strong community (so that’s what the bloke next door does).

This sense of community might not be at the forefront of their minds as they grapple with exam and assignment deadlines but perhaps it should be – indeed, a sort of shared suffering!  We’re in this together! Who can ease your suffering then?

Well for starters there’s the Extramural Students’ Society (EXMSS).  If you’re a Massey student EXMSS may be able to put you in touch with students in your area doing the same papers – so that you can work together in study groups – or help you to set them up.  They also have a network of Area Representatives around the country – students like you who live in your area.

Then there is support available from the university’s counselling services – either face-to-face; by email or by ‘phone. Also at Massey, the online learning environment is increasingly being used.  Massey Online offers distance students access to the latest happenings in their subject, course notes and presentations, exercises and quizzes and a way of sharing and exchanging ideas with fellow students and tutors.  Most Massey Online units use an online learning environment called WebCT.  This helps to address any sense of isolation and to develop a sense of community.

The Student Learning Centre (SLC) offers Massey students a vast range of help and support with study and exam skills – on-line; face-to-face on Massey’s campuses and through regional visits the length and breadth of the country.  These SLC regional workshops and the Contact Courses that are integral to many of Massey’s distance papers can be a great way of meeting other distance students facing similar issues and concerns.

Don’t forget though, that if you’re a Massey extramural student based near any of Massey’s campuses (or are visiting those cities) you can use the student services based there.  To find out about these, take a look at this brief student services presentation. 

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