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New Zealand: Career Prospects

NZ programme launched to help INT students find employment

Find out about New Zealand's newest programme to help international graduates find employment in the country.

New programme to help international students in New Zealand find a graduate job

New Zealand has seen the launch of a new Employment Support programme for students from abroad.


The course launched by The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) takes place over seven weeks, and has been created to bridge the gap between higher education and graduate employment, in a new country. In many countries which serve as popular study destinations, graduates who wish to continue living there, are usually required to meet certain criteria when applying for a new visa; this includes securing employment which meets certain standards, relating to salary for example. We have already touched on the ongoing changes to visa policy for international graduates in the UK in the last two years.


The course is made up of seven units which are taught in three hour sessions. These focus on knowledge specific to New Zealand’s job market, as well as key skills such as communication which are applicable across countries.


Below we offer a few additional tips when searching for a job in a different country:


Accentuate your positives as an international student

If you’re an international student, you may very well speak another language – this is a brilliant quality to boast about which you may not necessarily realise. If you’re looking for that first role to get a step on the career ladder, consider jobs which require translation skills. It may not necessarily be what you always wanted to do; but it’s an excellent way to start out in an industry or company, make contacts and learn.


What are others doing?

Speak to other international students, and try to find out what they are doing to help their chances to find work. While we always encourage befriending individual from different countries (rather than sticking close to those from your own country), it’s always somewhat handy to have a relationship with other international students – especially in this kind of scenario, which domestic students won’t have the same perspective on.


Don’t assume when it comes to CV style

While it might not be obvious, what ought to be included in a CV or cover letter in one country may be different from what is generally accepted in another. This can be small things like a picture, or the personal details which you include. Emphasis on certain aspects of the CV may differ according to country. Ask someone, whether a friend or a university representative, to look over your CV and suggest pointers.


Ask student union in advance

Your student union (or the Careers and Employability department more specifically) will have contacts which you wouldn’t have access to yourself. Don’t underestimate their ability to find a phone number or email address which can prove vital to securing that all-important graduate job. Remember: your university has seen hundreds and thousands of graduates walk through their doors; you’re not the first, so don’t worry. They may even have helped an international student find an in with a company the previous year; and now this person is in a position to influence those who are hired.


Excited about the prospect of studying in New Zealand? Start looking at universities in the country here. 

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