MHAW Day 2 – Kia Mataara | Take Notice

Kia ora ano,

The theme for today is Kia Mataara | Take Notice. Now that many of us have returned to campus, and maybe restarted part time work or sport, we would have noticed the speedometer of our lives increase rapidly. We are so busy, moving from one task to the next, that often we don’t take time to slow down and appreciate the very moment we are living in.

Taking notice (sometimes called mindfulness) can be as simple as a study break outside, noticing the trees (cherry blossoms are a must at UC), birds and all the activity on campus. Some people like to be guided in their mindfulness, and there are guided breathing and mindfulness activities on Mentemia, which you can download and access for free (more info here).

Have a go at whatever works for you, try and take a break to notice and be mindful today.

Here is what’s on today:

CONNECT with Jazz Thornton – 12:30pm via webinar

Young New Zealander of the Year and Voice of Mentemia, Jazz Thornton catching up with Sir JK to discuss the importance of connection and sharing ways to connect during lockdowns and alert level changes. Find out more and register for this webinar here

Crafternoon in Te Rua Makerspace @ 2pm

Have you visited Te Rua Makerspace? It is an amazing facility on L2 of Puaka – James Hight, there is something for everyone! In the Makerspace, learning is made practical by applying a range of disciplines to explore ideas, solve problems and build things through making. This afternoon is Crafternoon! Join Jess and the team to create something or work on your own project.

Have a happy and healthy day whānau,

UC Wellbeing

How to answer: What did you do during lockdown?

As companies start hiring again, employers have started asking the question: ‘What did you do during the lockdown?’

Don’t worry if you feel slightly panicked because you didn’t think you did anything worth mentioning. In fact, you probably did more than you think.

By asking this question, the interviewer is testing your self-awareness, your ability to reflect and pick out the positives during a trying time.

Lockdown career image

Employers want to know what you did or learnt was meaningful or impactful, whether big or small, to get some perspective on your adaptability and resilience.

There’s no doubt that the last couple of months have been challenging; although experiences differ from person to person, we’ve all had to deal with change and uncertainty to some degree.

So, as part of your interview preparation, take time to reflect on what you have done during the lockdown.

Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself:

Did you gain any valuable work experience?
Make sure to highlight any work or volunteer experience you gained during this time, even if it was in a different role or industry than the job you’re applying for. For example, you may have volunteered to help vulnerable people in your community with shopping and delivering medicine. Emphasise the transferable skills you gained that are valuable to your potential new roles, such as taking the initiative, teamwork or communication. If you already had a job when lockdown started, you can also talk about the changes you went through and how you successfully adapted or supported your teammates through these changes.

Did you start a new project?
From online courses to new hobbies, if you could start something new, that’s worth celebrating. You could talk about how you taught yourself to edit videos, for example, or how taking up knitting has helped you manage stress. Whatever it is, explain why you did it and the personal or professional benefits that resulted from it.

Did you learn anything about yourself?
If your gut reaction is that you did nothing during the lockdown, try to think about what you’ve learned about yourself instead of the actions that you took. For example, you may have known how to take care of your mental health better or the importance of staying in touch with friends and colleagues. Emphasise how this has positively influenced your behaviours since.

If you spent lockdown shielding, ill, or caring for others, it is absolutely okay to say this. If you feel comfortable disclosing this information, you can talk about how you took on responsibility for others or learned how resilient you are.

It is also acceptable to say that you followed government guidelines and focused on your health during this time.

Adaptability, resilience and positivity are skills that are now more important than ever, and by asking this question, the interviewer is hoping to get evidence that you possess them.

So, before the interview, take the time to look back and pick out some key points that you are comfortable sharing and if it’s relevant to the job at hand, even better.

Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers

MHAW Day 1 – Kia Kori | Be Active

Kia ora UC whānau,

Today is Day 1 of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). This week is all about bringing awareness to the fact that we all have an experience with mental health and wellbeing, and there are small things we can do every day to help support positive mental health.

Each day we will have a theme, aligning to one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing. Our theme for today is Kia Kori | Be Active. Being active can take many different forms, and it doesn’t have to include an intense run or gym session! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park a little further away from campus, go to that Zumba class or dance in your own living room! Make movement fun and do things that make you feel good.

Here’s what is happening around campus today!

UC Rec and Sport Kahoot – $300 in prizes!

That’s right – $300 in prizes! Put your sport and physical activity knowledge to the test tonight at 7pm. Visit the UC Rec and Sport Facebook page for more info.

Have you signed up for the 10,000 steps challenge yet?

Did you think we couldn’t give away any more prizes? Well we have another $150 worth of Rebel Sport vouchers to give away for three lucky winners who have registered for the 10,000 steps challenge and completed 40,000 steps by the end of MHAW. If you are up for the challenge, get more info here.

Keep an eye on the @ucnz Instagram page and right here on the Insider’s Guide for daily updated on the events happening around campus.

Ngā mihi,

UC Wellbeing

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