Lincoln University Class of 2018: Graduate Diploma of Applied Sciences
Surya Shankar came to New Zealand with one goal: to kick off a career in food science.
He’s now in his first role having been employed by a New Zealand cooperative and giant of the global dairy industry.
Surya is working as a microbiology laboratory technician at a factory in South Canterbury. He describes it as a “boon” for his career.
“I wanted to get some experience in New Zealand before I go home – there’s a lot of innovation here.”
Surya’s current responsibilities include testing cheese and butter for any bacterial nasties. Next month, he’ll be rotated to a different part of the lab to extend his skills.
Surya says that his course at Lincoln prepared him well for his new role. So too did the hands-on training, independent style of learning and links to industry that Lincoln offered.
Massey University Wellington Class of 2017: Master of Design
Megha Sharma says her New Zealand education played an essential part of her finding a place in her dream industry: fashion.
Megha works as a visual merchandiser in Auckland, designing and implementing the aesthetic of a retail shop. Before that (straight after graduation), she worked with a Wellington start-up as a sustainable design consultant.
“The role allows me to be creative and apply design thinking and customer experience methods,” she says.
Megha found her current job quickly. She says her qualification gave her an edge thanks to its practical style of learning.
“Education here offers exposure to real-life problems and solutions because of its emphasis on different projects, volunteering workshops and other activities.”
In Megha’s view, Kiwi employers look for work experience alongside qualifications.
“Human skills, not just academic achievements.”