Many Kiwis are forced to take up extra training and work low-paying jobs before securing better work.
A recent article in the New Zealand Herald, documenting 25-year-old Alex Hazlehurst’s five-month long struggle to find a good job in London, drew a wide range of responses, with many echoing her thoughts and others saying they had much less difficulty.
“The day I touched down was like Alex’s – [I was] young, bright-eyed and full of hope. After a month of job hunting, I got to talk to a recruitment agent who had a Kiwi friend, so knew all about Middle Earth,” one reader responded.
“He gave me the best piece of advice I think I’ve ever been given – get some London work experience. Doesn’t matter what it is, just get it.
“I took his advice, got a hellish job only vaguely related to my field, stayed two years, then landed the absolute dream job.”
She added: “To Alex and the rest of you Kiwis: Get your London work experience… 8 years later, I’m still in London and still loving it.”
Another responder, Craig Harlick, recounted his struggles trying to get work in London after serving as a senior instructor at the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp.
“To cut a very long story short, it is four years and four months since I landed. I have a load of UK awards which I feel aren’t worth the paper they are printed on and have to work two jobs through the day and three nights a week just to make up a 35-hour week.”
Chris Boswell, meanwhile, said he had already been to more than 20 job interviews, and had been rejected each time based on the two-year working visa he had.
“Probably more so than anywhere else I have lived, it is truly not what, but who you know in London,” he said.
Jono Joseph told a different story, however.
“I have been here four months now and had a job two days in. Had a few other offers too … a professional job. It all comes down to attitude — I started looking and had interviews before I left New Zealand,” he said.
“I hope the article doesn’t scare anyone off.”