Hear from NZMA students at the NZMA Careers Expo 2018

Hear from NZMA students at the NZMA Careers Expo 2018

Thursday 20 September

Ruth Kepi
New Zealand Certificate in Hospitality (Advanced), Food and Beverage Service Strand – Level 5

“I graduated from this course in November and then I’m staying on for my Diploma.  I’ve already got a Culinary Diploma and have worked as a chef at Eden Park, but I came to NZMA to study hospitality because I wanted to see the whole business side of the industry and also learn about front-of-house. It’s been an easy transition, and to be honest I enjoy front-of-house more than back-of-house, because you get to talk to people. My five year plan is to run my own restaurant.

“This course is really good. I love my tutors and all the people here – I think the bonds I’ve made with people have been a real highlight. I’m learning a lot too. In addition to studying, I work part-time as a chef and in front-of-house at Eden Park.

“I’ve talked to quite a few employers at the NZMA Careers Expo, including a company who operate cruise ships. I’d love to work on a cruise ship! NZMA started preparing students for this event several weeks ago. They helped us with our CVs and ran workshops on interview techniques. This has helped us feel more confident approaching employers today. I came along to this event last year, but this year is even bigger. There are lots of new employers, and they’re all really keen. It’s great.”


Paul Ma'u
Certificate in Health Studies (Advanced) Level 4

Before enrolling at NZMA I’d been working for eight years as a psychiatric assistant  for the Waitemata District Health Board at the Mason Clinic. I’m extremely passionate about becoming a psychiatric nurse and this is the next step on my path. After gaining my Level 4, I’m going to do my Bachelor of Pacific Nursing and then go into the new graduate programme at the Mason Clinic.
Healthcare Level 4 is really good. It has broadened my horizons. I know if I do really well in the foundation course, I should be able to do well in the degree programme too.  It’s hard work, but what you put into something is what you are going to get out of it. I’m learning a lot here about health – health terminology, biology, taking an in-depth look at the body, organ systems and so on. It’s looking at the theory of how to treat people. I already have the experience, but now I’m getting the theoretical side of it too.
I highly recommend this NZMA Careers Expo. A lot of people don’t know where their path lies, and this event shows them lots of different options. Lots of the exhibitors run workshops which are designed to entice people to come and talk to them. It gives students the opportunity to find out more about different types of jobs and different companies. It’s very worthwhile.

 MARIAN LIMA – from India - Diploma in Applied Management - Level 7

“I love my course. Back in India I was in advertising, which is quite marketing-related. This course is in a similar field, but in New Zealand they have a different way of building careers – here they help you grow globally. It’s a global experience at NZMA. The tutors focus not just on New Zealand examples, but also global examples.

“I’m currently working as a social media consultant for Diamond Merchants, but today I am looking for an extra part-time job as I need more hours. I’m looking for something that will help me build up to what I want to do, which is project management. I’ve talked to ProWorkflow, which is a project management company. They seemed pretty interested and are going to get in touch with me after the Careers Fair.

“This event is the greatest thing that could ever happen, especially for international students. This is something that could really help their futures. Employers here are looking for part-time and full-time staff, so it’s the perfect platform for both students and graduates. I’d heard a lot about the NZMA Careers Expo, but I didn’t know it would be this good! It’s a great vibe too – everyone is so supportive and encouraging. When you go for an official interview it can be quite intimidating, but at the Careers Expo it is more relaxed and much easier to chat to employers. There are so many different employers here to explore, and I’m keen to find out more about a lot of them. This event is giving me the opportunity to learn about some of the different companies that I could work for once I graduate. We don’t have any events like this in India for students while they are still studying.”

QUENTIN SINGH – domestic - New Zealand Certificate in Electrical Engineering (Theory) – Level 3

“I’ve done lots of previous study, and different jobs. I’ve done cheffing, massage therapy – every five years or so I go and study something new. It’s good to keep learning. Before coming to NZMA Trades I was doing mechanical engineering but I’ve always been fascinated by electricity. For me this course is more about gaining the knowledge, not necessarily becoming a sparky. I’m learning heaps, and I love how practical the course is. Already we’ve wired a sleepout from start to finish and been offsite doing some work at a marae in Mission Bay. The theory is a lot more in depth than I thought it would be. The tutors are really good. They are always happy to stay back in their lunchbreak and help you out if you need it. It’s really good.

“At the Careers Expo today I’m working as a student ambassador and also looking for future work opportunities. There are a lot of trades employers here for builders, but not so many on the electrical engineering side. We need to open our minds though, because there’s lots of electrical work outside of working for an electrical company. For example, I’ve been talking to the Auckland Council, and they have a wide range of opportunities in all sorts of different areas. This event is a great networking opportunity, and a chance to broaden your horizons and look at other areas.”

TULI VAIVAI-AINEA – domestic - NZ Certificate in Baking (Generalist) – Level 4, NSIA

“I’m loving this course. I never knew there was so much science around breadmaking! Studying here has taught me a lot about myself – now I take pride in myself, I am more confident, and I never give up. That’s what I love about being here. Before this I was a stay-at-home mum. I’ve got four kids aged 3 – 14. Being a mum is never ending, it’s constant, but now at 33 years of age I’m finally doing something that I wanted to do 20 years ago. I won my first baking competition back when I was a high school student at Mt Roskill Grammar and my love for food and baking has just grown from there. I had my first child at 19 but now my kids are old enough that I can finally do what I want to do. They’re really proud of me.

“Just prior to starting this course I started up my own little business called ‘Ashleys’, making and selling truffles, pineapple pies, brownies and custard pies on the Facebook market page. I wanted to improve my product, build my baking skills, and learn the science behind the ingredients I was using, so I enrolled on this course. Basically, I wanted to grow my business, but now that I’m here I’ve learnt so much more about the industry and expanded my horizons. Now I’m keen to go out into the industry and study with top chefs and build my experience. The tutor chef I have at NSIA has got years of experience. Learning from him has been an experience in itself. I’ve loved hearing his stories and learning from his experiences. I’m a practical person and I don’t like being stuck in a classroom, so this course is really good for me. After Level 4 I’m staying on for Level 5. My journey so far has really broadened my horizons.

“Today I’m job hunting. This event is big! There are so many employers here and it’s great to talk to them all and hear about their businesses. Everyone here is very passionate. I’ve talked to so many different exhibitors today – the HIP Group, Heritage Hotels, recruitment companies. There are so many different jobs out there. This is a very worthwhile day.” 

VISHAL SHARMA – from India - Diploma in Applied Management – Level 7

“I’m specialising in professional retailing, and although I’m currently working as a crew member for Carl’s Jr, I would like to secure a retail position – a clothes shop would be great! NZMA has helped me a lot in making my CV and preparing me for today’s event. This Expo is a great opportunity to talk to employers face-to-face, which I think is much more effective than just sending in your CV. Once potential employers have met you personally they are more likely to remember you. This is also a more relaxed atmosphere than at an official job interview. It’s totally different from how they do things in India. I think it’s a great way to connect with industry.” 

FELISE TOAFA – domestic - Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) – (Carpentry)

“I’m loving the course because it’s really practical. I like putting things together and seeing the finished product. So far, we’ve done two sleepouts and we’re just about to start working on our third. We’ve also built our own tool box and sawhorse. I’m graduating in about six weeks so today is a really good chance for me to talk to employers in the construction industry and start looking for work. There are lots of construction employers here so that’s really good for us tradesmen. I particularly enjoyed talking to Cousins Construction and BCITO. There are a lot of opportunities out there so I’m feeling pretty positive.”

VICTOR CHAN – from Hong Kong - New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) – Level 5

“I’m enjoying my cookery studies at NZMA Sylvia Park and the Careers Fair is a good chance for me to gather information about different jobs and employers - so far today I’ve talked to five exhibitors. For me, today is really just about looking around and talking to people, and then I can make contact with the employers I’m most interested in.”

SUMAN PUN – from Nepal - Certificate in Cookery Level 4

“The NZMA Careers team are really good at helping international students find jobs. They help us with CVs and interview skills, and also tell us about vacancies. At the moment I’m working as a kitchen hand at Besos Latinos, but today I’m looking for a part-time permanent commis chef role. The NZMA Careers Expo is very good, particularly for international students. It can be hard for international students to source jobs, but here it’s all in one place. It makes it much easier. So far today I’ve talked to five or six employers and I’m feeling very hopeful that I’ll get a job out of it.”