Career-focused approach to studies

Career-focused approach to studies

My whole focus, right from when I was selecting where in the world to study, was getting a good job at the end. So you can imagine how pleased I was to get a job straight out of polytechnic in Wellington.

After just a year studying in New Zealand, I walked out of Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) with a Graduate Diploma in Information Assurance and Security into a job at a Wellington IT company.

I moved to Wellington from India in 2011 with a career at the forefront of my mind. After completing a Bachelor of Information Technology, I was looking for a post graduate diploma that would give me practical skills to get a job.

Ever since I was a teenager I knew that I wanted to move overseas. It was hard leaving my family, but I knew that there were better opportunities for me overseas and that a great way to get my foot in the door would be to study in a western country.

I looked at studying in Australia and the United States of America, but I settled on New Zealand because the course at WelTec was very focused on giving me practical skills and it was only one-year course.

I had not done much of research about New Zealand before I arrived here. I was more focused on finding the best course for my needs. I had friends living in Wellington. So I figured if they liked it, I’d like it and I was right.

During the research phase, my focus was finding the best polytechnic to set me up for the career I wanted. But once I got to New Zealand, I was impressed by the amount of support I received from WelTec and how friendly the people of New Zealand were. I also got to indulge my inner adrenaline-junkie free with some extreme sports.

I got just the right amount of support while I studied. Whenever I had issues or questions, there were plenty of people ready and waiting to help me. From the Student Support Network to the International Students Committee, there were always plenty of places for me to go.

Next year, I’m hoping my Mum and Dad will visit. I really enjoy living in New Zealand and have totally settled with life in Wellington, so it would be great for me to show them around New Zealand.

I’ve traveled a lot while I’ve been here. I’ve been skydiving and bungee jumping, but I think my favorite was visiting Hobbiton. I’m a fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I even went the premiere of The Hobbit at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington.

New Zealand is quite a British country, with a little American touch. The people are very helpful, open and friendly, which helped me settle in quickly once I got here. 

With a population of just 4.5 million, New Zealand has obvious benefits for anyone looking for a smaller market to break into. I started working full time in New Zealand three days after finishing my post graduate diploma, so the move definitely paid off for me.

As an international student, it’s really important to be clear on what you want to achieve while you’re studying. Moving to a foreign country is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, let alone studying in a foreign country. So I think it’s important to know why you’re doing it and be really clear on the benefits.

Studying at WelTec was great. I felt really supported throughout my course and they helped me get my first job here. There is no single person that stands out as helping me the most, at WelTec there is a real culture of helping students settle in and achieve.

India is a really large market and the number of people you compete with is phenomenal. It means that it’s hard to get work when you don’t have experience, whereas New Zealand businesses give opportunities to young people and are open to fresh ideas and innovation.

My whole focus, right from when I was selecting where in the world to study, was getting a good job at the end. So you can imagine how pleased I was to get a job straight out of polytechnic in New Zealand. WelTec helped me apply for jobs and provided references, so I’m really thankful their focus was beyond just shipping me out of the course. For the moment, I am enjoying living in New Zealand and hope to spend at least the next five years building my career in New Zealand.

I’ve recently got a new job in Wellington and am very happy. I love New Zealand and feel very much at home here, but I think in the long-term, I’ll probably move somewhere like the United States of America or Australia.

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