NZ Young Professionals PodcastBy Ed McKnight
NZ Economist, Bernard Hickey often bemoans that young New Zealanders don’t care about their own future; they’re not interested in politics or thinking about current events. As the President of the Auckland Young Professionals, a network of over 8000 young urban Aucklanders, I know he is wrong.
The NZ Young Professionals podcast is an answer to both those who don’t believe that my generation cares about our society, and to those young people who want to be involved and engaged, but who don’t currently have a media organisation providing quality content for them.
The NZ Young Professionals podcast is specifically targeted towards young, driven urban professionals. It aims to develop listeners professionally, personally and socially. Come on this journey with us.
Ed McKnight is a spokesperson and champion for New Zealand’s young professionals. He is the President of the Auckland Young Professionals (AYP), and has previously spoken on diversity issues at conferences, including the recent CEO Summit, on a panel which also included Dame Jenny Shipley.
He is a sponsorship expert, having managed high-level sponsorships at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and again at AYP.
Before entering the business world, Ed trained as an Opera Singer, appearing on stages with the likes of Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Andrea Bocelli.Ed McKnight
NZ Young Professionals Podcast 18: Fraser McConnell – Quitting the PwC corporate life to live in Wanaka while saving native NZ birds
Most Uni students dream of working at one of the big four accounting firms – PwC, Deloitte, EY and KPMG. Fraser McConnell is definitely not “most uni students”. Having joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the management consulting team – arguably one of the more sought-after divisions – he left after a year to see whether he could live in Wanaka all while saving New Zealand’s native birds. Over 25 million native NZ birds are killed every year by pests.
Through his social entries, Squawk Squad, Kiwis (the people not the birds) can crowdfund pest-traps – pitching in to save the birds we see every day on the back of our dollar bills. In this episode Fraser talks to podcast host, Ed McKnight about everything from life in PwC, right through to quitting and starting this social venture, and his other venture, Upstream Daily.
It’s a cliché to say that the world is changing, and changing at a rapid pace. But, after just 10 minutes with futurist and Mind Lab founder, Frances Valentine you get a sense of how fast the world is now spinning. Windows that act as solar panels, homes that can be built in just a few days, insects becoming standard parts of the Western diet.
These changes aren’t coming. They’re already here. In this episode with podcast host, Ed McKnight, Frances speaks about how the world is changing, and why NZ’s young professionals aren’t ready or prepared for what’s to come.
NZ Young Professionals Podcast 16: Mental Health and Eating Disorders – What’s it like to go through one? How can we support our friends?
Mental health affects both our home and professional lives. Friend of the show, Luke Chivers has struggled with eating disorders for many years and is finally coming out the other side.
By the age 22, most young professionals might be through to the third year of university, have a few more to go and may not have set plans for the future. Not Eliot Jessep. This young Hamilton based entrepreneur has thrown traditional business advice to the wind, and in this episode shared why you don’t need to follow your passion, and why starting businesses is overrated. Not only that, he gives us this advice for what we should do instead.
Moving to a new city is part of any young professional’s life. For Christchurch Young Professionals secretary, Michaela Aspell, the move brought more than she bargained for. 6 days after making the move from Wellington to Christchurch to study engineering, the Canterbury February Earthquake happened.
In this podcast Michaela discusses everything from the devastating effects of that earthquake, through to what it’s like being a female engineer in a male dominated industry. This is part of our series of interviewing young professionals making their mark on the world.