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Interested in the U.K?

Posted by John Ross on October 30, 2009

If the idea of working in the UK appeals to you, it could be a good idea to register to participate in the Prospects UK Virtual Careers Fairs.  These are scheduled to run from 9th -13th November 2009.  Registration will allow you to upload and submit your CV, apply for jobs, and talk on-line with a range of UK graduate employers. 

Find out more at www.prospects.ac.uk/prospectsfairs

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Massey course and career advice 2009

Posted by John Ross on September 21, 2009

If you are a Massey University student (on-campus or extramural) or are considering becoming one, there’s a lot to be gained from dropping in to one of the University’s ‘Staying on Track’ road shows.

These take place annually at a number of towns and cities throughout NZ.  They run from 3.00 pm until 8.00 pm and you can simply ‘drop-in’ – there’s no need to book.  Each event is an opportunity to gain advice on Massey’s papers and programmes; your career plans (if any) or simply to check that your studies are ‘on track’.

For more information, and the schedule of roadshows for 2009, see:

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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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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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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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Studying Students

Posted by John Ross on October 9, 2007

Chances are you’ll know a student.  Indeed, if you’re reading this you might even be one!  Where does Massey get its students from though?

In 2005, we had over thirty-nine thousand enrolled students of which in excess of nineteen-thousand were studying extramurally – i.e. at a distance.  Breaking these overall numbers down, almost four thousand were Maori – giving Massey the largest number of Maori students of any NZ university – and over nine thousand were studying at the postgraduate level.

Our gender breakdown was 60% female, the rest – surprise, surprise male.  Almost thirty percent were aged 20 – 24 but around a quarter were aged forty or over.  Most of our students were drawn from the North Island but five percent were international students and three percent were New Zealanders (citizens or permanent residents) currently based overseas.

Right, that’s quite enough figure work for one blog don’t you agree?  We’re “the country’s pre-eminent supplier of distance (extramural) education”.  Extramural students face unique challenges but more on these – and on how we help them to meet their challenges – in a later blog. If you’re thinking of becoming a student figures such as these could be important.  After all, you might want to study with people similar to yourself – or people from very different backgrounds.

Other things to think about though, are where the university is based; what the campus is like; how big your lecture and seminar groups might be; what support services are on offer; the reputation of the university and its programmes – to name but some. Massey has three main campuses – in Auckland, Palmerston North and Wellington and offers in excess of a hundred qualifications.    

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