Career opportunities and study options
Gaining work experience while studying offers benefits such as skill development, networking, and financial stability.
Balancing work and study is crucial to prioritising academic progress and success.
Gaining work experience while studying offers benefits such as skill development, networking, and financial stability. Balancing work and study is crucial to prioritising academic progress and success.
Careful thinking about career opportunities will give students a better understanding of how to choose the best study options. By choosing part-time employment that complements their studies, students improve their chances of achieving educational and career goals. Awareness of the industry they want to work in post-study helps students make the right education decisions, leading to meaningful careers in their chosen field.
Student Work Rights and Regulations
International students in New Zealand must be aware of their work rights and employment regulations. These include limits on working hours during study periods and scheduled breaks (typically allowing up to 20 hours of part-time work per week). Understanding the types of work permitted and any industry-specific rules is important.
Student Work Visa Requirements
International students who wish to grow their work beyond their student visa must obtain a work visa. There are different types of work visas. International students must carefully review the eligibility criteria and know the application deadlines. Meeting the correct application requirements is vital to ensure they transfer from a study visa to a work visa correctly before extending their work.
Types of Student work
Finding part-time employment offers international students valuable work experience and exposure to the local job market. Key points to consider:
- Guidance for finding part-time employment: Explore job boards, networking, and career fairs to increase chances of finding suitable opportunities.
- Visa conditions for part-time jobs: Understand the specific visa regulations and requirements for obtaining a work visa for obtaining part-time employment.
- Effective work search strategies: Edit resumes and cover letters, attend career fairs, utilise personal connections, and leverage career services for support.
Internships and Work Experience
Engaging in internships and gaining work experience enhances the employability of international students. Consider the following points:
- Overview of internships and work experience opportunities: Internships provide industry-specific experience, skill development, and networking opportunities.
- Benefits of internships: Gain practical skills, workplace insights, and increased employability after graduation.
- Finding internship opportunities: Use career services, online job portals, industry-specific websites, and networking events.
Post-Study Work Opportunities
International students may have options for post-study work in New Zealand. Consider the following information:
- Post-study work visa options: Explore post-study work visa options based on qualification and study location.
- Eligibility criteria: Meet specific requirements, including recognised qualifications from accredited institutions.
- Duration and pathways to residence: Post-study work visas vary in duration and can serve as pathways to residence.
Legal Requirements for Employment
International students seeking employment in New Zealand must adhere to legal requirements. Here are key points to consider:
- Obtain an IRD number: International students need an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number for tax purposes. Apply online or at designated offices.
- Understand employment contracts: Review and understand contracts outlining terms and conditions before signing.
- Minimum wage laws: Be aware of minimum wage rates to ensure fair pay set by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE).
- Workplace rights and responsibilities: Students should familiarise themselves with workplace rights, including a safe environment, fair treatment, and protection against discrimination.
By following these legal requirements, international students can confidently investigate the job market and guarantee a positive work experience.
Want to know more?
// Find out about working as a student in New Zealand.
// Find out why volunteering can help with finding a job.
// Learn more about Planning for your Career
// Explore future options at a Career Expo
// Find more New Zealand Resources for international students.
// Read common questions about living in New Zealand