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A young Kiwi professional writing about work, life, and the strange times we live in.
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Will you go back to the office once lockdown is lifted?

I sure did. Every day for 5 weeks straight I went back into the office to see people. Granted, I had started a new job during Covid-19 and meeting my coworkers face to face was hugely beneficial in remembering their names! I missed making coffee for my coworkers. I missed sharing lunch with different people every day. I missed the tea breaks and the low hum of open-floor plan chatter across all the rows of cubicles.

There was pressure to go back to the office of course. As a…

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“I’m about to make a pot of coffee, does anybody want some?”

“Yes please!” one colleague calls out from behind me.

“Sure thing” calls out another.

“No thanks, I already had one on my drive in today” says a third as she flashes a quick smile before looking back at her screen full of emails.

Offering to make coffee. It’s such a simple act to do.

Place coffee grinds in a plunger. Fill with hot water. Let it steep for a few minutes. Plunge, and pour out a cup of delicious black caffeine. Each colleague has it differently. Some with…

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On the 23rd of March 2020, New Zealand hit 100 cases of COVID-19. With two of them being confirmed cases of community transmission, the government made the decision to move the entire country to Alert level 4: nationwide lockdown.

This was the highest level. Closure of public areas, all non-essential services shut, schools and universities closed, restrictions on movement around the country. …

Their quaint old stories about life in the old days will help teach you more than you realise.

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I went back home to my parent house January for my sisters 21st birthday. It was an exciting weekend of swapping stories and seeing old friends and family. We were all so proud of all shes has accomplished in the last few years, nobody more so than my mum and dad!

Another great part of being back home was visiting my grandparents. I’m quite lucky to have both sets of my grandparents still alive and over 80, (an unthinkable scenario to many…

Why owning your mistakes and dealing with them is the better option than blaming others.

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We all wish to be successful in our working lives. We expect that if we work hard and do good work, we’ll be rewarded accordingly. Sometimes this doesn’t go according to plan. Life likes to throw us a few curve balls here and there. Be it in work, education, family or relationships.

Sometimes we think we’ve done a great job on a project or report, but your big plans and ideas are a massive flop. We screw up an important deal with a client or…

Working with older people can be fun, but sometimes you need to change tactics to get along well.

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Every workplace is trying to be a diverse employer to some degree. wether its cultural diversity, religious diversity, or age diversity, being inclusive is the new directions for employers.

While there are a number of great benefits to age diversity, its not without its difficulties and challenges for individuals. Having people from opposite ends of the working age spectrum brings together some very real and apparent clashes in ideals, workplace conduct, and everyday attitudes. However these differences are not so vast they…

The things I wish I could punch myself in the face over.

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I am a 22 year old business student. A couple weeks ago I handed in my last essay at my university. This week I received the email saying I had completed university and was eligible for graduation. I sit here thinking back on my last 4 years at University and look back at all the things I did, the choices I made. Mistakes, memories, regrets, it’s hard to believe that so much happened in such a short space of time.

While University is a very stressful time for…

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Letting others definitions of success is screwing up your life.

I’ve spent a lot of time this year trying to understand what success feels like.

Well that's not exactly true. I spent a lot time trying to understand what success looks like.

Then I tried understanding what success acts like.

THEN I tried understanding what success felt like.

But i’ve come to the realisation that i'm not going to understand any of those things my belief in success is all wrong. I have spent years trying to attain a measure of success using someone else's yardstick. …

Why you should care about putting effort into your profile.

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Make dating more fun for yourself and the people who date you.

Let's be honest here folks, taking dating seriously is hard work.

I’ll probably never stop saying that, and that’s because it’s 100% true.

We live in an era of hook-up culture, label less relationships, and a gripping fear of emotional intimacy. To be a serious dater looking for a relationship in today’s world means putting in a heap of time, effort, energy, and a willingness to be vulnerable. The only upside to dating in the 21st century these…

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As a young university student, graduating at the end of the year with any luck, I'm often asked the question:
"So what kind of career do you want?"
This can be worded differently, or be more general by asking about overall life, but every adult you meet wants to know your career and work goals.

Now the responses vary, you might name a particular company you're trying to work for after finishing school, or discuss a particular field of work you want to explore, or exclaim in a bold statement how your going to go change the world by inventing…

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