Work Rights

Part-time work during studies

Full-time international students can work part-time up to 20 hours per week while studying. During vacations you can work up to 40 hours, provided the course you have enrolled for is of a minimum duration of 12 months. It is possible to earn up to NZ$12 per hour in wages.

Work opportunities after studies

If you have completed a course that gives you points under the Skilled Migrant Category of New Zealand, it’s possible to get an open work visa of 12 months for job search, and if you get a job offer during that period, you can very well apply for a work visa (2-3 years) and gain permanent residency.




The degree you are studying for will go a long way in determining your employability abroad, but that is not all.

If you are serious about your career, you ought to pay attention to certain sets of skills and traits that are always in high demand, especially in the business set-ups overseas. Relevant work experience and an impressive education background are always good, but what else?

In many Western countries, especially in the major ones, a person’s overall employability is determined by a number of factors.

Every employer is different and every job demands a separate set of skills but there are some skills that practically every employer wants their employees to have. Following is a detailed explanation of some of them. Interestingly, these skills get mentioned quite a lot on people’s CVs but aren’t as regularly seen in practice. Working on them will help you if you are studying abroad and looking to start full-time work soon, and especially if have the ambition to rise through the ranks in your chosen profession.

Excellent communication skills

Good communication skills are priceless wherever you go.

Effective communication is not just about good grammar, but also about clarity of thought.

You should be able to get your point across in a convincing manner in any meetings you attend. This becomes even more important when you are going to be making presentations or be in customer service.

And it’s not just about verbal skills either. Written communication should also be top-notch. It should be sincere, to-the-point, and professional.

The world of commerce is all about communication. So the one who is able to do it better certainly holds the edge.

The good news is that you can cultivate these skills on your own. It’s all about practice. Despite English not being our first language, we can attain fluency in it and use it to our advantage. Speak in English as much as you can. Watch the BBC and the CNBC (American) news channels regularly to gain an understanding of not just what is happening in the world but also to correct your diction and get more accustomed to the language.

The ability to take the initiative

What this means is not just waiting all the time for somebody in your office to come up to you and tell you what to do, but utilizing your time to the best of your ability. Speaking to your boss if you feel the need for guidance or want feedback. Displaying an interest in what is going on around you. If your team is stuck on something and the deadline is looming, take the initiative and help come up with solutions.

Overall, people who are self-initiated are those who don’t need to be spoon fed, are reliable in their work, and don’t hesitate to speak their mind if they feel they have a solution for a problem. And yes, they do not shy away from responsibility.

Good people skills

Your ability to get along with people may well determine how far you go in your chosen profession. Remember, you will work in teams, which would be multicultural and could also be spread across continents.

Team work requires people to work together to achieve common goals, but often it comes down to handling conflict, disagreements, and differences of opinion among team members.

Those involved in customer or client-facing roles need super sharp people skills seeing as others may not always be reasonable with you. The idea is to be able to put your point across, but in a respectful and professional manner, and make the most of the situation.


Change is the only constant in life, as they say, and life doesn’t always go according to plan. Your job profile may change, you may be moved to a new place, new technology may be introduced, your work hours may change, or you may have to work with a colleague you don’t like.

You should be able to take all of the above in your stride, and not let it affect your performance.

To succeed in long term, it is important to continue honing your skills, take on challenges, and adapt to changing situations.


This is a word that is thrown around a lot but not everybody knows what it really means. To keep it simple, it means the following (though not just this):

  • Arriving at work on time
  • Being dressed appropriately
  • Not using company resources for personal use
  • Not carrying out personal tasks during work hours
  • Being courteous to everybody
  • Doing your work on time and to the best of your ability
  • Take on work challenges in a positive spirit

Professionalism is not a skill as such, more your conduct when you are at work. Even though no employer mentions this in job advertisements, employees are expected to be thoroughly professional. And yes, people do get fired for not being professional enough. If not that, they may see their growth at work stunted because of a lack of professionalism.