What's your favourite thing to do in Wellington?
When it's a nice day in Wellington, I like to go to the beach and enjoy the sunshine.
What did you find most valuable about the Work Ready programme?
I completed the Work Ready programme in March 2017 and I found it very valuable as I learned a lot about the workplace culture in New Zealand.
What were the highlights of your internship at WREDA?
I applied for the internship at WREDA because I wanted to get more experience in a New Zealand workplace. One of the highlights during my time at WREDA was building a dashboard template, which I'm very proud of it as it will save staff a lot of time in the future. I also learnt a lot about communication styles during my internship, and the importance of small talk in the workplace which has been very useful in my new job.
How did the internship help you find a job?
The internship was very helpful for my job hunting. After the internship, I had a much better understanding of the workplace in New Zealand. I also had a much better understanding of myself and my own strengths.
I now have a job at the Ministry of Health as a Business Advisor. My experience as an intern at WREDA and the reference that I got from this was invaluable as it showed my future employers my ability to fit in quickly in a New Zealand workplace.
Any tips for other international students planning to study in Wellington?
For many international students and new immigrants, the culture and language barrier will be the biggest obstacle to getting a job. Any sort of volunteer work or internships that you can do in a workplace setting are very useful, not only to have on your CV but also to build your network.
Reading the local newspaper and attending community events are also a helpful way of building your network and making friends.
Lastly, I would also recommend listening to Radio New Zealand or other current affairs radio stations, this will give you an overview of issues that Kiwis are discussing and help you to make some Kiwi friends.