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    Question Want to work in Auckland (Canadian citizen)

    Hello Everyone!

    My background: I have completed my Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from a reputed Canadian university. I have about one year of work experience in the power industry as an Electrical Engineer (during my studies). I obtained my degree last year. It has been little tough getting a job in my area of interest but things seem to be picking up. As you can see, I am a fresh graduate with little bit of work experience. And I have my Canadian citizenship.

    I am very interested in working in Auckland (temporarily or permanently) in my field of study. I am not sure about the job market in NZ, but I am very much willing to work. I just need some inputs here. I am a fresh graduate with about a year of work experience. I presume its hard for new graduates to fetch jobs in another country....but what are my chances? where should I target my applications? I am willing to pay part of my relocation, if I am able to get a job of my choice.

    Should I not even think about it (until I have a good experience in my hands) or is it something to consider. Please advise

    thanks for your time!

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    Hello and welcome.

    I am a fresh graduate with about a year of work experience.
    When you say this, are you referring to the electrical engineering already mentioned, or do you mean you also have about a year as a computer engineer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JandM View Post
    Hello and welcome.

    When you say this, are you referring to the electrical engineering already mentioned, or do you mean you also have about a year as a computer engineer?
    hello,
    I was referring to the already mentioned electrical engineering work experience......my computer engineering degree focused in both software development and electronics, transport networks, etc.....and my work experience involved electrical design, little bit of PLC, AutoCAD, power systems, electrical drawings revision, etc....Although my work experience wasnt a pure software job type....but it involved little bit of everything as per the needs of various projects...in other words, my work experience was related a lot to my study area.....


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    I expect you'll get some comments from people who know that area of work.

    Meantime, you could try using this tool from the INZ website http://www.immigration.govt.nz/templ...ACHEHINT=Guest to search for how you would describe the career you want - it will come up with the INZ requirements for qualifications and work experience needed towards a visa. Also, the ANZSCO list describes levels of skill. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...ion/anzsco.htm

    In case you haven't found it previously, the INZ website has a lot of information about the ways of qualifying for various visas. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/

    And, though you don't mention your age, you might be within the range to qualify for a WHV, which has enabled many people to get to NZ and find a job offer to lead into a longer term arrangement. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...idayscheme.htm

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    thanks for the info....right now I am reading all the links you provided....i will get back to you shortly

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    ok.....I do qualify for WHV...also, getting a visa (if I have a job offer) should not be very hard.
    I have emailed few recruiting agencies regarding the some potential jobs.

    What should be my strategy? I know some companies do video interviews, etc. I am really very much interested to work in Auckland in my study area (not only the work experience will be beneficial but international work experience would look good on my resume).....but back to the question: what should be my strategy? how should I let companies know that I am willing to move to NZ and even pay part of my expenses? Shall I actually phone the companies and let them know of my interest?

    Any inputs will be greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donaldduck View Post
    but back to the question: what should be my strategy? how should I let companies know that I am willing to move to NZ and even pay part of my expenses?
    I would suggest applying for jobs once you have the visa and let them know that you have the right to work in NZ. Although I am not sure how willing any employer would be to pay part of your expenses for a temporary job, I think you may have to be prepared to pay the moving costs yourself.

    I think generally, people are willing to look at applications if they know the applicant has the right to work here.

    Good luck,

    Daniela

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    I agree with what Daniela says.

    Also, it really is very normal for anyone wanting to relocate to pay their own expenses - the exceptions would come for people with more qualifications and experience in a specialist area. This isn't said to disrespect where you currently are in your career, as everyone has to start out, but if you were to say to an employer as you have here, 'I will even pay part of my expenses,' it would be likely to make a wrong impression.

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    Agree with what JandM said. The market is much tighter than it was a few years ago, and unless you have highly desirable proven (with several years relevent experience) specialist skills that NZ employers can't fill locally due to the national shortage, they are not likely to offer any kind of relocation allowance. If you qualify for a WHV, I would suggest you do some research and consider making some speculative enquiries with relevent NZ companies. Sometimes you will find recruitments agencies are not all that interested unless you already have a work visa and are either already in NZ, or if your arrival is imminent. That said, if you are a recent graduate, do you neccesarily need to find a job that is closely related to your area of study, or would your career also benefit from some international experience and temporarily trying out other job roles, while picking up some transferable soft-skills while you are at it?

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    Agreed: get the WHV then apply for jobs. Good luck fellow Canuck!

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