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Massey university wants you!

Posted by John Ross on October 27, 2009

Learn how to upskill, improve your career prospects or extend an interest at Massey University’s careers evening in Wellington, New Zealand. With flexible study options including full or part-time study, on campus or by distance education – study anywhere, anytime to suit your lifestyle and give you the competitive edge.

 Choose from more than one thousand programmes including: • Business • Psychology • Public Policy • Finance • Human Resources • Management • Exercise • Accounting • Economics • Teacher Training • Design & Fine Arts • Engineering • Health & Environment.

Meet our academic advisers, students and lecturers for one-to-one personalised course and career advice:

WHERE: Holiday Inn, 75 Featherston Street, CBD, Wellington, New Zealand.

WHEN: Wednesday 11th November 4:00 – 7:00 pm.

PRESENTATION: 6.00pm – Professor Claire Massey, Head of the Department of Management at Massey University, will discuss: How to Maximise the Value of Study.

Light refreshments and snacks provided.

For further information, contact Lorraine Archbold at:

Tel: 0800 MASSEY or email NLR.Liaison.WN@massey.ac.nz

 

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Massey Manawatu Careers events – sport; environmental and planning

Posted by John Ross on May 15, 2009

If you are a student on Massey University’s Manawatu campus, or an extramural student living in the area, these events may be of interest to you –

1: Environmental & Planning Career Evening – Manawatu campus – Wednesday 20 May – 4.30 pm until 6.30 pm – Social Sciences Lecture Block Foyer

The purpose of this event is to provide information to students currently studying degrees such as:

 Or to those who wish to move into these sectors as career pathways.

 Those attending will move around each organisation in small groups at 20 minute intervals. Organisations will be speaking about areas that include the types of projects being undertaken by their organisation, what they look for in graduates and the future of planning as they see it.

The School of People, Environment & Planning will also be showcasing some of the project work past students have been involved in.

To register your attendance please book-in on http://careerhub.massey.ac.nz

2: Sport @ Massey Career Evening – Manawatu campus – Wednesday 27 May – 4.30 pm start – Social Sciences Lecture Block Foyer

This is an invaluable opportunity for all students interested in a career in the sport sector to find out more.

  • Hear about the exciting and varied career paths graduates have taken since leaving University.
  • Find out about some of the exciting research our academics are currently involved in.
  • Discover what it takes to be a teacher, nutritionist or psychologist!
  • Sign up for volunteer work.
  • Be in the draw to win a fabulous prize!

You will be introduced to the world of Sport at Massey and will then move around the five areas to find out all you need to know about opportunities in this field.

 To register your attendance please book-in on http://careerhub.massey.ac.nz

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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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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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Get social – network!

Posted by John Ross on March 11, 2009

Most current job-search articles will stress the importance of being ‘creative’ when looking for work.  Rather than hoping to find ‘the job of your dreams’ advertised through the traditional channels, it’s vital to identify more obscure and/or specialist vacancy sources; build networks of contacts and apply ‘speculatively’ to some of the organisations that you’d like to work for (where they do not explicitly ask you not to, of course!) 

Within all of this, one of the most marked trends of late has been the growth of on-line social networking sites such as Facebook.  This phenomenon is detailed in a recent article ‘When job seekers invade Facebook’ in the McKinsey Quarterly.  In this article, the authors note that ‘the increasing popularity of on-line social networking is changing not only the way people manage their careers but social networking itself’.  Gone are the days – if they ever existed – when such sites were simply quick ways of discovering what friends were up to, and letting them know of your plans and activities.  Now, they are increasingly used by organisations when looking to ‘headhunt’ potential recruits – or indeed to search for details of people who’ve applied to work for them, and – in some instances to ‘monitor’ existing staff! 

In addition, there are groups for people working in the same organisation and – for some job seekers – social networking sites are a way of finding and approaching potential contacts for their networks.  If you’re thinking of joining the latter, a word of caution!  As with all of your networking endeavours, not everyone will welcome your approach.  Think carefully about who you’re contacting and why?  They’ll be more likely to be willing to help those who show an interest in them – what makes them good at their job; the skills, knowledge and experience that they have etc.  Also, people who are clear about what they want; know something about the role they’re exploring and who can talk convincingly about their own relevant skills etc.  I’d avoid like the plague asking for a job straight-up.  Instead, seek information in the first instance.  More on this later though…

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Balancing act

Posted by John Ross on March 6, 2009

Recently, I used a post in this blog to publicise a series of ‘Ways of Wellness’ workshops that colleagues in Massey University’s Student Counselling Service are facilitating this year on our Manawatu campus.  Well, the first of these took place yesterday and addressed the topic ‘Balancing and Managing Life whilst studying’.

 

I thought that I’d use today’s post to outline the issues discussed in this session.

 

To begin, we looked at some of the reasons why participants had decided to study at the tertiary level, and at what they hoped to gain by doing so.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, responses included to achieve a university education; qualification and – within this – good grades.  In addition, answers included the development of self-confidence; a pool of great friends and a good social life; status and the enhancement of chances to earn good money and to get a great job.

 

Laudable goals but what did students think barriers might be?  Here, responses included the difficulty of managing study stress and financial concerns.  Furthermore, they included a lack of confidence and a concern that the choice of papers and programme might be wrong for the student.  Then, the fact that self-directed learning is hard and that the individual may be trying to balance study with a social and family life; other responsibilities and with work. 

 

As mechanisms for overcoming barriers such as these, the following suggestions were made:    

 

n      Keeping a perspective (and being keenly aware of where your thoughts take you)

n      Accepting there will be challenges

n      Build up informal and formal network structures of people within and outside of the

                university who are supportive of your choice to study

n      Be flexible

n      Dealing with ambiguity/uncertainty

n      Not giving up

n      Self-efficacy

n      Ask for help, and be aware of where appropriate help might come from – do so early too!

n      Staying passionate

n      Keeping focus

n      Getting over set-backs

n      Willingness to surmount obstacles

n      Courage

 

It was emphasised that – ultimately – students have a responsibility

 

n      For themselves

n      For their study

n      For what is created in their life

n      For the outcome

n      For being and staying in control

n      For their choices and consequences of these

n      For understanding the academic culture; deadlines; the need to be selective in the material read etc.

 

You can find out more about further ‘Ways of Wellness’ workshops here, and access a range of counselling resources here. 

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Grab that TV remote

Posted by John Ross on March 4, 2009

It could be worth marking this date in your diary…

TV2 launches it’s new season of ‘Just the Job’ on Saturday 7th March.  Screening at 9.30 am, each episode is designed to offer an insight into a range of possible career paths.  Aimed at the high school student audience in particular, each episode sees students try out different future career possibilities and some of the pros and cons of each job are outlined Career Services’ career consultant.

Career Services Rapuara staff also offer tips in each episode and those from season one can be accessed here.

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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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