Your first six months and beyond

For many roles it can take up to a year to experience all the elements of your role because many activities only take place once within an annual cycle, but after about three months most staff should have a good understanding of what is expected and should have a professional goal setting (PGS) conversation with their manager.

Objectives, Development and Reflection (ODR)

ODR consists of regular conversations with your manager within an annual cycle and is an opportunity to note your past contributions and achievements and set some performance and learning goals for the future. It can include a conversation about your career aspirations and areas for professional development.

Kanohi ki te kanohi

Kanohi ki te kanohi literally means “face to face” and is a one day programme offered two or three times each year to enhance your knowledge of te reo and tikanga māori (Māori language and customs). It includes a powhiri, information about our partnerships with local iwi, a basic pronunciation guide and introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi and what it means for the University of Waikato. You will be invited to attend the next session following your start date.

Financial systems

If your role includes managing a pcard (university visa card) or purchasing you should arrange attendance at one of our regular financial systems training sessions (Pcard, UniMarket and Paperless Accounts Payable) run every month at various times as listed in our professional development events calendar.

Māori Pronunciation

If you have not previously learnt any te reo (Māori language), nor had any pronunciation lessons you may benefit from our online Māori Pronunciation module.