We use cookies to ensure we give you the best experience of our website. By accepting, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our privacy policy.

How to Find Work After Studying in New Zealand

Top Tips for Finding Work in New Zealand After Studying

After you finish your studies, you may be able to stay and work in New Zealand for up to three years.

New Zealand’s immigration policies include a post-study work pathway to work for international students who have gained an acceptable New Zealand qualification. 

Post-study work visa

If you study a qualification that is level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, you can apply for a post-study work visa. Depending on your qualification and where in New Zealand you studied, you can work for any employer for between 1 and 3 years, and do almost any work. 

Looking for work

Your tertiary institution may offer you assistance to find work, such as helping you with your job search or giving you tips on writing a CV.

You could also try talking to your teachers, lecturers, friends and neighbours – they may know of jobs that have not yet been advertised. 

Other options include registering with a recruitment agency, contacting potential employers directly or signing up with New Zealand job vacancy websites, such as Trade Me and Seek. Another useful site is New Kiwis.

The Finding Work section of the New Zealand Now website is packed full of useful information about how to find a job, including a list of job sites to check out, and tips for success. 

Writing a CV

A CV is a written overview of your qualifications and experience – in some countries it is called a resume. You will need to write a CV before you start applying for jobs. Careers New Zealand has some useful tips for writing a New Zealand-style CV and a letter of application.

Preparing for a job interview

A job interview can seem like a big challenge, especially if you’ve never done one before, or English is not your first language. Before you go to the interview, look at the organisation’s website to get a good idea of what they do. You will probably be asked why you have applied for the job, so practice your answer beforehand. 

Careers New Zealand also has some useful tips on preparing for a job interview.


By 뉴질랜드 교육진흥청 제공

Updated 2 years ago

뉴질랜드 교육진흥청은 뉴질랜드 교육에 대한 장점을 널리 알리고 있습니다.

*Views expressed are the blogger's own
Share this article

Keep in touch. Don't miss out on the latest posts.

Subscribe to Blog

Stay in touch

For personalised tips and tools for studying in New Zealand.

Please complete all of the fields below.

Please enter a valid email address.

Please enter a first name.

Please enter a last name.

Please select a country.

Please select a valid date (MM/YYYY).

this includes the existence, status and outcome of any visa application I submit, for use in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, Education New Zealand’s Privacy Policy which I have read and understood. The results Education New Zealand receives may also include visa decisions pre/post the student visa application (such as a work visa post study). This will enable us to provide a more personalised digital experience and undertake research and analytical studies associated with our functions.

You can unsubscribe at any time By submitting this form I agree to Education New Zealand Privacy Policy, and to receive updates and marketing communications about their services, promotions, special offers, new and events.

Thanks for subscribing

Tohu icon

Kia ora! Get answers to your questions about studying in New Zealand

Learn More