Our programmes must reflect the current and future needs of industry, and we’ve been working with our staff to build industry connections and keep their skills and knowledge current.
The Living Job initiative supports our staff to constantly build new capabilities, remain among the best in their field and forge strong relationships with industry. The Living Job supports Unitec staff to learn from each other, industry, community and our research partners, so they can provide the best learning opportunities possible for our students. As part of this we are investing more than ever before in training and development to support our teaching staff to adopt our new learning and teaching models.
The Living Job also supports the creation of flexibility and variety in the Unitec workforce by encouraging alternatives to working a traditional nine to five job. For example, some staff adjust their working week to fit in more time for applied research, while others take secondments to other organisations, bringing their learning back to Unitec. Some of our teaching staff even run their own business part-time, allowing them to share their current experiences in the classroom. The options are endless and no two living jobs are the same.
By building staff capability and being better connected with industry, we can offer greater value to our current and future students.
Living Job profile: Dan Stamp
Daniel ‘Dan’ Stamp is a Lecturer in the Department of Sport at Unitec where he teaches Sport and Exercise Psychology. Outside of his role at Unitec, Daniel is a Sports Psychologist for his company, Ultimate Performance, where he consults with different athletes and coaches around the Auckland region and in New Zealand.
"A Living Job to me is that ability to practice what I teach in industry. I’m lecturing but I also get out into our community and into industry to be a Sports Psychologist, demonstrating to my students that I can do the job that I’m teaching them about. If my students can see I’m engaged in a living job within industry, they will see that it’s a reality for them to do once they graduate.
Being able to consult with athletes and teams is an absolute passion of mine. It’s why I’m a lecturer of Sports Psychology because I believe so much in the importance of it. If I get the ability to get out there in the industry and be a Sports Psychologist, I’m going to do it.
There are massive benefits to a Living Job – I’m able to generate more income and I’m doing something that I’m passionate about. But getting out there in the industry or the community can have a massive impact. I might run simple seminar workshops for a community of runners and can have an impact on them through teaching them about psychological performance and how it can improve their running. Or I might present work in an organisation that’s looking to increase the productivity of their staff through psychological training.
If you’re weighing up your options and thinking ‘Should I go out there and engage more with industry and actually live what I am and what I teach?’, then go and do it. Go and engage with industry. It’s going to enhance your career, it’s going to make you more passionate about what you’re doing and you’re just going to love it more!"