NZ Young Professionals Podcast

NZ Young Professionals Podcast

By 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

President, Auckland Young Professionals

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 22: Jon Randles – The Dark Side of Social Media

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 22: Jon Randles – The Dark Side of Social Media

I deleted Facebook over the summer. Not literally my whole profile, just the app. Who knew that if you look up from the iPhone screen, there’s a whole other world ready to be explored.

Taking you back in time, we recorded this interview with Jon Randles from Mosh Social Media at the live launch of the NZ Young Professionals Podcast in July 2017.  Together, we discuss social media, its pros and its pitfalls.

This episode was recorded in front of a live studio audience at Craigs Investment Partners.

NZ Young Professionals – Facebook

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 21: Welcome to 2018

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 21: Welcome to 2018

Welcome to 2018! In this cast, podcast host Ed McKnight sets the tone for the year, focussing on why age is no longer a barrier for young professionals and how this will be incorporated into future episodes. Also an update on a few events that happened at the end of 2017 in the young professionals space. Keep listening in 2018 because there is more to come.

NZ Young Professionals – Facebook

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 20: Corina Enache – Professional people-watcher (aka anthropologist)

The old maxim “Do as I say, not as I do” is not just widely used by parents talking to their kids, but also by customers giving feedback to companies they buy from.  As customers we will say one thing, and do another.

Professional people-watcher (aka anthropologist), Corina Enache is using the power of observation to figure out what people actually do – not what they say they do.

She has sold coke to Romanians, skin care to Germans, and Cosmetics to Brazilians. She has travelled the world and seen it all. Now she works with some of New Zealand’s largest companies seeing what really makes them tick.

In this fascinating and eye-opening interview with podcast host, Ed McKnight, Corina talks about her background working in three very different countries, getting a Masters degree in anthropology – despite having no training, and why anthropology is perhaps the best skill to learn if you truly want to be successful in business.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 18: Fraser McConnell – Quitting the PwC corporate life to live in Wanaka while saving native NZ birds

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.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 17: Frances Valentine – Futurist & Mind Lab Founder

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 17: Frances Valentine – Futurist & Mind Lab Founder

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?

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.

NZ Young Professionals Podcast 15: Eliot Jessep: How to run a business at 22 without starting one

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.

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