Employment Spotlight -I got the job I Wanted

Douglas Mitchell, is currently employed by Interior fitting limited as a Final Drafter

 Doug was in his second-year student studying Architecture Technology at Toi Ohomai I Te Pukenga.

As studies came to an end, I was on the hunt for a job, so I made an appointment with a Careers and Employability Facilitator (Windermere Campus) to get help with my CV and Cover Letter. 

During the appointment, Doug found out about the Firm – Interior Fitting Ltd job listing advertised on the Careers and Employability Website.

The facilitator helped me to tailor my CV and Cover letter for the role. I submitted my application and shortly after was invited for an interview.

I got the job I wanted!  I am so thankful to the team for helping me structure my CV and Cover letter. The support they offer is really amazing and professional.
 I have had a Note-taker throughout the second semester, which has made a difference in my understanding of an assignment and formatting a report. I feel prepared and ready to step into the field I have been studying for. 

I have struggled a lot with reading and writing and I have the learning support team and tutors to thank for that. If you ever think you can’t do it, you have all the support and resources. The Tutors are incredible and all they want is to get over that finish line. 

one last thing I want to add is a quote that helped me get back on the right track.  “You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it” by Maya Angelou.


I wish every student the very best for their future.
Thank you Toi-Ohomai for making this dream happen. 

Kia Takatū ki te Mahi – Get Job Ready

Congratulations to all our Māori and Pasifika Trade Training (MPTT) ākonga who gained the 2022 Kia Takatū ki te Mahi – Get Job Ready Award!

The Job Ready Award equips ākonga with the skills and knowledge to apply for mahi with confidence. It includes 3 workshops: Start your Journey (self-awareness), interview skills and CV creation. Students then show evidence of work experience or volunteering to achieve the award.

Well done to the ākonga that participated, they all displayed so many strengths – team working, resilience, quiet determination and positive attitudes. Kei runga noa atu koutou!

Spring into Work Hiring and Recruitment Day

The Careers and Employability team in October 2022 partnered with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Connected to hold the Spring into Work Hiring and Recruitment Day at Toi Ohomai – Windermere Campus.

Over 200 people attended the event, with high levels of energy and engagement. Interviews were held on the day with some employers hiring participants on the spot.

The Virtual Reality (VR Skills) was a hit amongst ākonga providing opportunities to explore the many industries available from Horticulture, Hospitality, Traffic Management to Building and Construction. The event brought together local businesses, Employers, Community members and Schools to connect and gain opportunities in education, training and employment.

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

What Students Say About Our Services

From July – end of November 2020 we recieved nearly 300 reponses from students across all campuses.

84% said our service was “Extremely Useful” and 14% “Somewhat useful”. Therefore, 98% benefited positively from our sessions. These are just a few of the comments;

Everything was useful. From CV content and Cover letters, even helping me on relating my skills to the internship program I am applying for.

Got the things sorted where I was confused …

The thought process of getting to where you want was very helpful. Elevator pitches are great 🙂

It has helped us to be more confident and professional while telling about yourself in an interview.

Understanding the view of the employer

The advice,  tips and hints I was given were extremely helpful. And the follow-up support is great.

My LinkedIn profile and how to make it more interesting. Thank you.

It was confidence building

Learned so many new things about cvs and what to put on it … mine needs a lot of work lol…which I now can fix up.

Very professional

What to include (in your CV) when you’ve had a different career but no experience in the industry you’re now training in

So what are you waiting for?! Make an appointment today at the Library desk or email careers@toiohomai.ac.nz We look forward to hearing from you.