Malin Lorenzen, from Germany, tell us about the benefits of study and work in New Zealand.
Part-time work in Auckland
Would you like to gain work experience, improve your English skills and study in the same time period? Then Study and Work in New Zealand would be the perfect opportunity for you!
Part-time work in Auckland is a great way to earn money for making your studies and living in Auckland possible. You will have the choice whether to work in the mornings, afternoons or evenings depending on your study timetable. It could open the doors for a full-time job in your future as well. Another benefit could be that you can try out a job before pursuing it as a career.
Where to find part-time work in Auckland? Well, with today’s means of communication it is easier to find a job than in the past. You can search online or have a look in the newspaper. NZIE’s Think Recruit can assist you in finding your part-time employment as well. Think Recruit will help you with one on one coaching for CV and cover letter writing, interview techniques, job seeking and workplace skills.
Eventually you will discover which kind of part-time work you would like to do during your study and work time in New Zealand and which you could combine with your studies. You could work as a waiter or a waitress for example, so just be open-minded and ask in restaurants or bars, if they are searching for a part-time worker. It will be easier for you, if your English level is already advanced, before you are applying for a job.
The best way to have a successful interview is quite easy: JUST BE WHO YOU ARE!
You won’t need previous knowledge in many job fields.
I interviewed Tiffany Macfarlane the Student Services Manager of NZIE about Part-time work in Auckland: “Well, part-time work can gain you experience, new skills and work training while you are studying. It will fit within your study and allows you to earn money and support yourself and your living situation with your study. Depending on your working role you will earn between $16 – $25 per hour. The legal minimum of salary for adults is $15.75 per hour. The visa allows you only 20 hours of working per week. Hospitality, tourism and retail are the most common industries which are supplying part-time work.”
What are the benefits of Study and Work in New Zealand in total?
- Be flexible in your working hours, so you will have time for your free time and studies
- Get work experience in a diferent country
- Improve your English skills
- Earn money to support your studies and your living costs
Balancing Student life and part-time work
To simplify your study and work in New Zealand, you could use a pocket diary or the calendar of your smartphone, so you will be well organised with all of your appointments, school timetable and working hours.
There are lots of accommodations in Auckland, where you can afford the rent. Perhaps you could stay in a host family or in a shared apartment with other students or interns.
It is very important that you will enjoy your stay in Auckland and balance your life while you are working, studying and having free time.
I asked Tiffany Macfarlane which tips she has for you to balance your student life and part time work:
“The important things are to have a plan in your mind, what you expect of your time in New Zealand, of your study, your work and to be disciplined. When you are not working, do a bit of your study. But don’t forget to have some fun in your living time and enjoy your time in New Zealand.”
There are many things to do in Auckland: You can visit the harbour, go to one of the many beaches, attend a surf course or go out for a walk in New Zealand’s beautiful nature to have some time off from busy places. Don’t overstress with your work and study – take your time, there is no need to hurry! Try to take small breaks every few hours, so that you can focus more on your studies. Join the gym, stretch, swim, run or do other activities so you will have a healthy lifestyle which will help you to relieve stress – After that you will feel way better!
There are a lots of ways to balance your study and work life in New Zealand while earning lots of benefits! When will you take the next step into your future career?
By Malin Lorenzen – student from Germany living in Auckland.