He aha te mea nui o te ao?
He tangata he tangata he tangata!

What is the most important thing in the world?
The people, the people, the people!

Distance Volunteer Network

Welcome to semester two 2018!
Here at the Distance Advocacy services we have a network of brilliant volunteers around the country who are current Massey Distance students working towards building a sense of community throughout regions. As part of their role they host get togethers around the country. If you want study tips, free coffee or just an excuse to get out of the house, come along to one of the events coming up.

Waikato Distance Student Catch Up.
When: 2pm, 29th July
Where: Grey St Kitchen, 355 Grey Street, Hamilton East
RSVP preferable to fiona_dvawaikato@yahoo.com or the Waikato distance students Massey Facebook group.

Franklin and South Auckland Distance Student Catch Up.
When: 2pm, Saturday 4th August
Where: Red Shed Palazzo, 64 Jesmond Rd, Karaka
RSVP preferable to distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz or the Massey Franklin Distance Students Facebook group.

Westcoast Distance Student Coffee Catch Up.
When: 5th August, 2-4pm
Where: Columbus cafe, Mitre 10, Waterwalk Road, Greymouth
RSVP: to jamilyanderson@gmail.com or via the Facebook group Westcoast NZ Massey Extramural Students

Upcoming events get updated regularly online and on the Massey University - Distance Students Facebook page.

Campus Tours

Some of the Massey distance courses have contact workshops where you need to travel to a campus and attend classes in person for a couple of days during the semester. To help you prepare and get your bearings before arriving on campus, the MUSA distance advocacy service has created campus tours. One for Palmerston North, one for Wellington and one for Auckland. They are worth a watch!

ULANZ Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme

ULANZ (University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand) is a Library borrowing scheme that allows current staff and students of New Zealand and Australian Universities to borrow books and resources in person from any other participating university library. This means that as a Massey Distance student you can access ULANZ libraries in person across New Zealand and Australia!

The following New Zealand universities are members of ULANZ.

  • Auckland University of Technology Library
  • Lincoln University Library
  • Massey University Library
  • University of Canterbury Library (including Christchurch College of Education)
  • University of Otago Library
  • University of Waikato Library
  • Victoria University of Wellington Library

Please note the University of Auckland is not a participating member in the ULANZ scheme. More details about how to access this great service and a list of all participating Australian and New Zealand Universities can be found online

Career and Employability services (CES)

Student Services Levy funded, the CES works with current students and recent graduates on all things career-related. The Distance Advocate meet with John Ross, from the CES on the Manawatu campus, and asked him:

Beyond study, what steps could students take to strengthen their career opportunities?
Your qualification is valuable & valued, but it’s vital to show evidence that you have skills & strengths relevant to the job you seek. Evidence can come from any aspect of your life, including community activities, volunteering, employment and active participation in clubs, societies etc. Also, employers like to see responsibilities and (ideally quantifiable) achievements.

What is the most effective way to get your CV noticed when applying for work as a student?
Keep it concise, easy to read quickly, pay attention to spelling, grammar and layout, and target its content to the role. Use key words from the job advertisement/description.

What is your best tip when preparing for a job interview?
In a word, prepare! Anticipate questions and practice your responses using examples of relevant skills and qualities.

The CES website is a great source of information, as is Massey CareerHub, just use your stream log-in details. In CareerHub you can access a growing range of recorded seminars, search for jobs and explore events (some of which will be recorded).

Freebies and competitions for distance students.

If you need a wall planner for semester two, email the distance advocate with your postal address and they will get one sent out to you for free. distance.advocacy@musa.org.nz

The Distance library services is also running their Winter Warmer Distance Orientation Competition. Entries close 22nd July. More details and how to enter can be found on the library website for Distance Students.

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