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Massey University events

Posted by John Ross on June 5, 2009

If you are a student with Massey University these events may well be of interest:

Presented by Student Learning Development Services, Massey Manawatu these free workshops are designed to help extramural students develop and maintain effective writing and study skills.

Topics covered will include time management, reading and note-taking, the principles of academic writing, and making the most of WebCT, as well as information on using the resources of the library.

You can register for a regional seminar here. If you have any further enquiries, please feel free to e-mail SLC-PN@massey.ac.nz or call (06) 350 2251.

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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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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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Why are we here?

Posted by John Ross on November 20, 2007

For good or bad, everyone has a view about students.  What though, of views about universities – why do they exist; what should their purpose be?  So what do you think a university should do, or be? Is its primary purpose to be a training ground for the workplace?  Should universities aim to transform the self or to transfer knowledge – or a bit of both?

Chances are you’ll see universities as having a role to play in developing students’ skills.  However, what are the key skills that a graduate should have?  How important is it for graduates to be widely read; to question assumptions; to think critically or creatively; to argue logically and well; to be sceptical; to be able to themselves well in words and in writing?  What exactly are ‘the skills for the 21st Century’?   

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