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Employment Support for International Students

30th April 2013

Press Release: Employment Support for International Students

The Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS) has launched an Employment Support programme for International Students.

Dr Mary Dawson, ARMS Chief Executive says that the seven week Employment Search and Work Preparation Certificate programme is designed specifically for international students and aims to provide them with accurate information and practical strategies to assist them pathway into skilled employment positions.

“There is a clear gap in employment preparation and support for many international students, wishing to apply their higher learning in skilled employment,” she added.

According to Immigration New Zealand, a total of 68,980 student visas were approved last year. Students who complete at least a two-year New Zealand qualification can apply for a graduate job search visa to help them transit from study to work and then to residency.

Barbra Estall, an international student, who will be graduating this July with a bachelor’s degree in interpreting, believes that targeted job search skills and NZ workplace knowledge are vital for her career prospects.

“The work culture in New Zealand is very different from Tahiti. Back home, you can get into full employment without any work experience. Over here, job search knowledge and work experience count much more. As a student, I am not aware of what is required in this country - interview skills, work place communication, CV and cover letter writing - when applying for jobs.”

The ARMS Certificate in Employment Search and Work Preparation consists of seven units delivered in three hour sessions. Four of the units are specifically designed to enhance the communication skills of the students as they relate to job searching and employment. There are places still available for the first course, starting Friday May 3rd. The cost is $160 per participant.


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