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Having a part-time job while you study is a great way to help you pay your living expenses.

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Having a part-time job while you study is a great way to help you pay your living expenses. It’s also a great way to meet new people and a gain useful career experience in the workplace. You will be able to work up to 20 hours a week during the school term and full-time during the holidays, depending on the conditions of your visa. Masters and PhD students, however, can work full time during both these times.

There are various factors to make a note of when looking for a job within the New Zealand workforce. The labour market and the skills you offer to employers are both important. Skill shortage jobs in New Zealand make it easier to find work and the necessary visas. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Immigration New Zealand are both great sources to check out for more information on this.

Your education provider will have measures set up in place and people you can go for CV advice, interview tips and many other job-seeking tips. Make sure to ask your employer from your home country for a written reference that could potentially be shown to a New Zealand employer.

A general list of things that employers generally look for when hiring are:

  • Competency in English
  • Knowledge gained from study
  • Work experience within NZ

Make sure to visit Immigration New Zealand's website to see if you're able to work while studying.

Further information can be found below:

  • Student Job Search is New Zealand’s largest student job site, designed to help both employers find talented staff, and student job seekers to find valuable work experience.
  • Careers New Zealand is a great place to search a number of specific occupations or industries that interest you.
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