"Having had the benefit of incredible mentors, family, friends and networks, I could see that young women were often struggling to find answers to the same questions I had as I worked through my career. Careering attempts to answer some of those questions, give women tools to manage their career, and showcase a diverse range of successful women to show that success doesn't always mean a top job, or more money - success is what you say it is!"
Melissa's own values are reflected in Careering with an insistence on diversity and inclusion, making sure language is neutral and inclusive, and where possible (and as our competency and understanding grows) using a kaupapa Maori approach, including Te Reo and making sure imagery reflects the real Aotearoa - women of all sizes, shapes, colours, religious beliefs, ethnicities, sexual orientation and ability. This has been challenging though - most images showcase skinny, light skinned women and we call BS on that! If we get it wrong, we want to know - this is an ongoing and concerted effort to be inclusive so please shout out if we get it wrong so we can learn and fix it!
Working alongside Melissa along the way have been two fabulous gals. Firstly, there's Ruby Grave. After growing up in Dunedin most of her life, Ruby made the move back to her hometown, Christchurch to complete her studies at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School before heading back down south in 2020 to start her tertiary studies. Ruby has a passion for anything business related, picking up as many extra economics papers as possible and starting her own YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) business.
Previously we've also had the benefit of the insight and effort from the engaging Kat Malmus. Kat is originally from Germany with some tales of travels, and a passion for the hospitality sector, lead Customer Success at Kiwi high-tech startups Aider and Tradify before returning home to hang with her family and reconnect with her love of hospo in 2022.
2022 has also meant a new horizon for Careering. A podcast - have a listen and meet the hosts here.
Here's What Careering Is All About
While Careering is designed with women in mind, to share tools and insights to help women navigate the complexities of career and life in general, most of the content is relevant for all humans, and there is no intention to exclude any party.
There are gendered terms used throughout this website, blog posts, podcast, ebook and other content from Careering, and these gender-specific terms may be used in order to ease the text or conversation flow.
Whenever a gender-specific term is used, it should be understood as referring to both genders, and any party identifying as non-binary or any other marker, unless explicitly stated.
This is done solely for the purpose of making the text easier to read, and no offense or sexism is intended.
If you have suggestions and ways to improve on this specific topic or in general, your feedback is very welcome. Please contact us as we want to get it right!