New Zealand offers excess of employment opportunities for international students who are just graduating from their colleges. The main contributors to New Zealand’s GDP are services, which add up to 60% to it. These sectors are:
· Software development
· Film / Television /Advertising
· Banking / Finance
· Food processing
The above are just a few of the many service sectors that contribute to New Zealand’s booming economy. International students also have the option of working for up to 20 hours every week during the academic year, and full time, up to 40 hours per week, during the holidays. International students who qualify under the skilled labor category can apply for a one year open work visa. The partner of such students can also apply for a work permit during the duration of their partner’s course.
Students who qualify for skilled worker’s program after their graduation, and who have a concrete job offer, can then apply for a two year work permit and can also look to apply for permanent residency. It is important to note that if a professional has New Zealand credentials the requirements for a 2 year work experience is waived off.