Volunteer and Contribute to our Community!

And build your employability skills at the same time.

On 4 March, our Careers team and members of our Business Faculty attended the opening of the new Volunteering BoP office in Rotorua, hosted by their CE, Vanessa Lister, and the fabulous, Katie Rowland!

We heard from Vanessa and Katie that every Volunteer is a “Superhero” and every good superhero needs a “C.A.P.E”, with Volunteering Bay of Plenty seeking to Connect, Advocate, Protect and Educate around volunteering within our community.

Volunteering BOP has a range of exciting volunteer activities all across the rohe including Tauranga, Rotorua, and Whakatane for students to participate in.

As a volunteer, you’ll receive great training and develop your employability skills across a range of environments. Toi Ohomai students have made an impact in their volunteer roles through Volunteering Bay of Plenty in the past, and we know the importance of working together to manaaki our community in the future – something that Katie is extremely passionate about.

Want to find out more and get involved in the amazing opportunities on offer with Volunteering BoP? Find out more here

Scholarship Spotlight – Toi Ohomai Study Award

Tracey Old is on her way to achieving her health care career goals

Tracey Old is one of this year’s recipients of the Study Award. The Award aims to minimise financial barriers for second chance learners from the Toi Ohomai rohe and support them to achieve qualifications.

Tracey graduated from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a National Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) in 2021 and is embarking on Level 4 study this year. Tracey’s goal is to work as a health care professional and is keeping her options open. Tracey says

“There are many routes I can go – I’m contemplating mental health, aged care, neonatal, and possibly even nursing. This scholarship means I can afford to study at Level 4 and further explore my career options”.  

After receiving careers advice from the Toi Ohomai careers team, Tracey found a new job and applied for a scholarship.

“Things are looking up for me. The support I have received has got me into a really good position. I have a new job and this scholarship makes a huge difference – I am excited and confident about the future”.

Congratulations to Tracey on the award, we look forward to being part of your Toi Ohomai journey. 

If you would like to explore scholarship options visit:  https://careers.toiohomai.ac.nz/tools-and-resources/     and contact careers@toiohomai.ac.nz for an appointment with a Careers and Employability Facilitator.

Scholarship Spotlight

Alyssa Bosworth Awarded Share 2 Care Single Parent Scholarship

Alyssa Bosworth is a 2022 recipient of the Share 2 Care Single Parent Scholarship which aims to support single parents to achieve qualifications. Last year Alyssa graduated from Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4). Alyssa’s dream is to be a Social Worker and she is following the Whānau Ora (Level 5) pathway which will take her to the second year of the Bachelor of Social Work next year.

Alyssa says this scholarship will alleviate her financial burden.  

“I will be able to meet my course fees, and study with greater peace of mind. Travel costs will be less of a problem and I can buy the textbooks I need. Ultimately, it will enable me to start my career in a better financial position and provide more for my daughters along the way”.

Alyssa, mum to three young girls, grew up with much support from social services.  She became inspired work as a social worker as a result of the care she received.  Alyssa is particularly motivated to work with women and children affected by domestic violence situations.

“With a Social Work degree and further experience I hope to work in a team where I can truly transform lives”.

Congratulations to Alyssa on the award, we look forward to being part of your Toi Ohomai journey.  

To explore scholarship options see:  https://careers.toiohomai.ac.nz/tools-and-resources/  and contact careers@toiohomai.ac.nz for an appointment with a Careers and Employment Facilitator

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Nau mai, haere mai to studying in 2022!

Kia ora Students! Welcome to your Careers & Employability service.

Supporting you in your career journey and enabling you to succeed is our job. We are here to support you take that first step in planning your career, or maybe the next step in terms of realising your ambitions.

Our service includes:

  •         CVs, personal statements, and job application coaching
  •         Advice on finding work experience, internships, and volunteering opportunities
  •         Guidance for interviews and networking
  •         Scholarship and award applications
  •         Employability skills workshops and webinars
  •         Employer events for you to attend both in-person and online
  •         Digital career resources you can access 24/7

We very much look forward to working with you, and we encourage you to make the most of the many opportunities and experiences available at Toi Ohomai, especially the careers services!

Join our Facebook group to keep up-to-date with important events, activities, and jobs. https://www.facebook.com/groups/toiohomaicareers

Hope to see you soon, ka kite anō,

Karen Pratt, Susie Borell, Clare Crawshaw, Marlene Herewini

Careers & Employability Facilitators

Toi Ohomai Graduate – Levi Chand’s Strong Foundations

.. it helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey – my whānau, iwi, hapu are all with me. That makes me more determined to break barriers.

Levi Chand

Rather than sitting on the couch clocking up Netflix hours, Levi Chand has used the COVID-19 pandemic to focus the vision for his ideal career path. 

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Management from Toi Ohomai, Levi has been contracting to a business solutions firm that helps indigenous organisations reach their goals. He says he helps to build and develop current business trends that will make a difference to his clients’ future.

But with the pandemic and lockdown, Levi says his focus has shifted and he wants to move into a management role in the public sector.

He says he knows the move will have its challenges because “it isn’t always easy being Māori and walking the corporate corridors”.

“I know with this type of power comes great responsibility but I want this to be my success as a change leader. I also need to be sitting at the table with the big guns if I’m going to achieve my goal. A wise man once said: ‘Do you want to sit at the table or be the server?’ It’s a little harsh but it resonates with me as a young Māori.

“And it helps to know that I’m not alone in this journey – my whānau, iwi, hapu are all with me. That makes me more determined to break barriers.”

Levi is fiercely proud of being Māori and it’s his desire to help his people that drives him.

He says being raised in Te Aō Māori has provided him with strong foundations and experiences like being able to perform for Te Kapa Haka o Ngāti Whakaue gave him the confidence he needed to foot it in the business world.

“My whakapapa, my heritage, plays a significant role in my life. Let’s be real, without them, we wouldn’t be here. I’m grateful that my ancestors were with me through the highs and lows, peaks and troughs. 

“Knowing they had my back through the tears and triumphs made it a little easier. Whakapapa is all about identity. A line of descent, connecting us to all living things. It’s this understanding that drives me to succeed in my own goals, because I know I’m helping to make a better place for my people, my whenua and those generations to come, just like my ancestors did.”

He says studying at Toi Ohomai has helped him work towards this goal by giving him the skills and experience that he needed.

Before studying at Toi Ohomai, Levi worked in the national accounts team at an international food service provider. But he says he knew if he wanted to grow and actually help people, he needed a qualification.

While studying at Toi Ohomai he also worked three days a week for the first two years, then in his final year he was selected to be part of an internship programme at Rotorua Lakes Council in the Organisational Development team. 

Levi says when he finished the internship, he focused on studying, which helped him tighten up his already impressive skillset. 

“It was the best decision I made. I wasn’t getting A+’s all the way through, but it was close and it meant I could really focus. It also inspired me to look at further study and one day I would like to return to do my master’s degree.”