It can be pretty overwhelming trying to make a decision about what to do with the rest of your life after school. There are just so many different options and paths to follow.

Or maybe you know exactly what you want to do, but you just can’t shake that nagging fear that you could never get a job doing what you love.

It’s enough to make you wish you could step out of school and into a game show where some television host with a cheesy smile and slicked back hair would spin a magical wheel that knows exactly what job is perfect for you.

“Daniel,” the host would say.

“The Magical Wheel of Dream Job Allocation and Flashy Lights (Patent Pending) has determined that the ideal career for you is [cliché pause for effect] Wellywood director! We’ve taken care of everything and you start on your first major studio feature next Monday!”

But, of course, that’s not reality. Plus, if it was, wouldn’t that kind of take away the fun and satisfaction of discovering our talents and working hard for what we want?

“Yes, but I still don’t know where to start,” I hear you shout.

The great news is there are heaps of resources around to help us out, like Māia, a new video series from the guys at Careers New Zealand.

Māia gives us rangatahi a look inside five Māori businesses that are contributing to the booming $40 billion Māori economy.

The videos are really awesome and have got tonnes of great advice for gaining employability skills and getting the career you want.

I sussed them all out and have walked away with five key tips to landing the job of my dreams, here’s what they are.


#1. Be driven and motivated.

No matter what careers we decide to pursue we have got to be driven and motivated. When we start out, I hate to break it to you, we probably won’t be the best in our fields. But what we lack in experience, we can make up for in drive and the desire to do our best and succeed. Employers are always on the lookout for people who are willing to give it their all. Just check out the guys at Ngāi Tahu Farming/Whenua Kura  and you’ll see what I mean.

Check out Ngāi Tahu Farming/Whenua Kura !


#2. Be willing to learn.

Remember how I said that when we’re starting out we probably won’t be the best? That doesn’t mean we can’t be one day though, we’ve just got to be willing to learn. If we’re willing to learn, the world can be whatever we make of it. And that doesn’t necessarily mean going to Uni and living on 2 Minute Noodles, there are lots of careers where you can earn while you learn. He Toki Ki Te Mahi is a boss of a trust that looks out for Māori trainees by supporting them in their apprenticeships.

Check out He Toki Ki Te Mahi!


#3. You can chase your passions and still pay the bills.

Yip, at the end of the day we’ve all still got to pay our bills, that’s life. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t chase our passions. Lots of people have taken what they love and made a career out of it. Now, it might not be easy and we’ll probably make some mistakes along the way. But as long as we learn from them and don’t give up, our passions can turn into a career. Just check out the awesome guys at Maui Studios Aotearoa!

Check out Maui Studios Aotearoa!


#4. Choose a job that fits in with your whānau and values.

If you’re not sure what kind of career you want to pursue, it can help to think about what your values are and what would fit in best with your family commitments. I mean, if you’re absolutely against smoking, cause, you know, its gross, you’re probably not going to want to work in PR for a major tobacco company. We should try to find careers where what’s important to us is important to the job, like the guys at Ariki Creative did. Check out the video and see how designer Hori and his team take a story with a traditional Māori design and digitise it to make it contemporary and modern.

Check out Ariki Creative!


#5. Work to make a difference.

Another thing I learnt is in any job it’s important to stay motivated, but sometimes that can be pretty hard. That’s where picking a job or career path where we can make a difference can be helpful. It feels pretty good to help people and can give us the drive to keep pushing forward where others might give up. Hale Compound Conditioning are an awesome Māori business working to make a difference by helping people change their mental and physical health for the better.

Check Out Hale Compound Conditioning!


The Māia series of videos is seriously awesome. Be sure to check it out and get started thinking about the future. Plus, always remember ‘Kia Tū, Kia Māia, Kia Manawanui’ – ‘Be Brave, Be Bold, Be Determined.’


Click here to check out Māia!