Working while studying English at NZLC

Our student Daniela shares her experience on finding a job in Auckland while studying at NZLC

Daniela has been studying at NZLC Auckland since July. She started with a General English course at upper intermediate level. She has also taken the IELTS exam preparation course and achieved an overall band score of 7.0 in the IELTS General Training Exam. Daniela is now taking advanced level General English. We spoke to her to find out about her new Kiwi job…

DanielaDaniela in the South Island, NZ

Where do you work in Auckland?

I’ve been working at a sports bar downtown for about a month and I’m really enjoying it. I dropped my CV into the restaurant and then the manager called me to ask if I wanted to come in for a trial. I got the job after that! Usually my shift is from around 5pm – 10pm on week nights and 3pm – 9pm on weekends.

What do you like about your new job in New Zealand?

I really enjoy having the opportunity to speak English and meet people. The people who I work with are really kind and we have become friends. I also get a free drink every shift!

Is working in New Zealand different to working in Colombia? Was there anything that surprised you?

I was surprised about the hours that people work in New Zealand. Local students go to university from 9am until 2pm and then work part time in the evening. Back in Colombia I would have to study from 7am until 8pm!

I was also surprised that people don’t give tips in New Zealand. In Colombia it is usual to give a 10 % tip.

Daniela Montes With Friends in the CoromandelWhat advice do you have for other international English language students trying to find a job in New Zealand?

The first thing is to be patient. It will take time. It took me about 3-4 weeks and I printed about 30 CVs and handed them around to different places around town.

And finally, is there something you recommend students to do or see while in New Zealand?

I went on a road trip to the Coromandel with my friends. I really recommend renting a car with friends and going camping. The whole trip including petrol, food, drink etc cost us $100 each for the weekend.

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