Coming Soon! Retention Scholarships

Toitū​tanga – We are courageous and humble in our pursuit of excellence

We are excited to announce six NEW Retention Scholarships valued at $3,000. These scholarships recognise that graduates of higher-level tertiary programmes play an important role in supporting the economic and social wellbeing of their communities and whānau.

The purpose of the Retention Scholarship is to encourage Māori, Pacific, and learners with disabilities into higher levels of tertiary study at Toi Ohomai. 

To be eligible applicants need to be a graduate (within two years) of a Toi Ohomai programme (one year or six-months), and would have applied and been accepted into a higher-level programme of study with Toi Ohomai.

Applications will open in December for semester 1, 2022 academic year. You can apply through the Toi Ohomai website https://www.toiohomai.ac.nz/services/fees-and-finance/scholarships

If you would like assistance with completing an application please email careers

Business as ‘normal’!

He waka eke noa.
We are all on this journey together.

Kia ora Students!

The Careers & Employability Team is continuing to provide you a full careers service, just as we did prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. We are here to support and prepare you for success in finding meaningful careers. This can now be done online, via GoogleMeet, Teams, Zoom – whatever platform you choose! We hope to be able to meet you face-to-face, when it’s safe to do so.

We continue to be very excited about the semester ahead and have lots of new initiatives, events and activities for you to enjoy. Some of them are still in the planning stages – so watch this space… But here’s a quick taster of the things we are working on:

  • This brand new website, full of informative careers resources for you.
  • A ‘Get Job Ready Award’ – show employers you have the employability skills they are looking for.
  • 2022 Virtual careers fairs – meet employers from all over New Zealand.
  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • And a central location, with student chill-out zone – called Te Puna ( L2 and Mokoia campus only)

No doubt you will be very busy adjusting to study online, but if you’re a new to Toi Ohomai we strongly encourage you to join our Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/toiohomaicareers . The group will keep you up-to-date with important events, activities and jobs.

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 our careers services!

Hope to see you soon, ka kite anō,

Susie Borell, Karen Pratt, Clare Crawshaw, Marlene Herewini

Careers & Employability Facilatators

From Careers Event to Registered Nurse

Friday, 15 Jan 2021

A chance opportunity five years ago to attend a careers event with a friend opened the door for 21-year-old Katelyn London to become a Registered Nurse.

“My friend wanted to go to a careers lecture about nursing and she didn’t want to go alone, so I went along. While I was there I really enjoyed the talk and thought I could see myself doing that,” says the Rotorua local, who completed her degree at Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology with a pinning ceremony on Friday, 15 January.

Katelyn and 14 other nursing classmates will formally graduate with a Bachelor of Nursing on 13 April 2021 at Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre.  

A student at John Paul College when she attended the careers event, Katelyn (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue) made sure she studied what was required to follow a Registered Nurse pathway by adding maths and science subjects to her studies.

Throughout her studies, Katelyn has been supported by Kia Ora Hauora, the national Māori health workforce development programme.

“I registered with Kia Ora Hauora in my final year at high school, so I’ve been lucky to have their support throughout my studies. I wasn’t aware about scholarships or know the process of applying for them. They helped me identify which ones I could apply for, helped me Identify my whakapapa, and supported me in my journey as a student nurse.”

This year Katelyn received the Hauora Māori Health Scholarship (Ministry of Health), Māori Education Trust Bachelor of Nursing Scholarship, and the Florence Nightingale Memorial Award (New Zealand Nurses Organisation).

On 15 February Katelyn will start her working career at Lakes DHB in Rotorua Hospital’s Medical Ward under the Nurse Entry to Practise (NETP) programme. Katelyn wants to make the most of her time in the medical ward, but would also like to work in emergency and surgical departments or an Intensive Care Unit. She also has a longer-term goal of being a nurse practitioner.

We wish you all the best with your career Katelyn!

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.”

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.