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HR coffee connections

12 May, 2023
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OPAIC students had the opportunity to connect and learn more about the Human Resources field in New Zealand today.

Human Resources New Zealand (HRNZ) hosted an OPAIC Student Café for students considering a career in Human Resources or interested in the industry.

HRNZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation providing services and support for people who are interested or involved in the management and development of Human Resources in New Zealand. Students can also become members of the organisation.

Master of Applied Management student, Jacelyn Santiago, organised the event. It is the first of four such sessions which will take place this year.

Jacelyn says the initiative aims to give students insights into the HR field and allow them to make valuable connections within the industry.

HRNZ Committee Member, Michelle Gapes, facilitated the event. Michelle has been with HRNZ for around 20 years and is also Director - Reward, People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young.

Michelle got to know each of our students and discussed their backgrounds and career aspirations.

Some students had previously worked in the HR field, others were interested in knowing more about the industry due to the people-focused nature of their professions.

The students talked about how HR in New Zealand is different than in their home countries. We also had an engaging discussion about how HR has changed since Covid-19.

HRNZ offers great opportunities for members to keep up with new developments in the industry, attend in-person and online events, and network and learn.

Other benefits of a student membership include:

  • Access to the latest HR research
  • Free access to student webinars and discounted professional development courses
  • Opportunities to network with a community of HR Professionals and like-minded students through local branch events
  • Access to the New Zealand Journal of Human Resources Management
  • Involvement in the HRNZ Mentoring Programme
  • Access to the HRNZ mobile discount app