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Offline antonjl

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Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« on: August 01, 2007, 12:20:07 pm »
Starting a new job can be a traumatic experience not to mention doing it in a new country.
Having to start my new job on Monday 6th August I was wondering how other members experienced their first day.


Do NZ people do things differently? Are they really more relaxed at work?
I have seen a lot of executives relaxing at Takapuna beach on Monday morning in their cars or on benches in their work suits etc. Are they sooo relaxed?
Those of you that have been working for a while.....how is it going?
What can make it difficult is that most of us have to stay in the job for a certain period of time as stipulated in your work permit.
If you don't like your new job what then?
How are your co workers treating you? Are they complaining as much as people in SA?
Do you have to prove your skills from the start again? Do you get medical aid at work?






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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 01:00:05 am »
Anton, I haven't worked here in NZ, but I can tell you what my hubby has told me ;)

He says they are very relaxed, sometimes too relaxed (drives hubby mad). He finds that they will take all day doing something that takes a couple of hours. He says they don't get the idea of, just getting the job done and out the way? They have no idea, how to "make a plan"?
They can be very friendly and include you when you are new. Sometimes they ask a lot of questions (don't forget the kiwi culture of, they walk off in the middle of your sentence? Something I still find weird myself) Yet some of them just stick to themselves.

Advice, I know hubby would give you, just do your job and be friendly, but not over friendly.

If you don't like your job and have to stick it out because of your permit - apply for PR asap O0

That's all I can answer for you right now. I'm sure others will have different views or similar.

Most of all, relax, it's nowhere near a stressfull as SA O0 :gl:



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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2007, 01:00:05 am »

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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 01:08:39 am »
Cool Happy. We have applied for PR on 27 July 2007.
How does the PR influence your work permit. Overrides it?
Does PR specify where you have to work? And for what period?



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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2007, 01:23:48 am »
PR makes you a free agent O0 You get do do anything you want O0

I hope you get it soon :gl:


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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2007, 01:26:43 am »
 :eek: Cool!



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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2007, 06:33:55 am »
It is like going to high school for the first time. :) Nerves and not knowing what to do and not to do.  Just be yourself and in two weeks it will be old hat.  Good luck and let us know what is was like on the first day.

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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2007, 11:44:39 am »
the new job will go just fine if you relax and be yourself  O0

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2007, 10:16:31 am »
Yip the guys are really relaxed, it can be driving a workaholic like me up the walls, so what i do now is to travel around and calm down ... maybe i can loose this workaholic thing I have ...

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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2007, 11:56:15 am »
Johan, rather use your workaholic trait to get yourself ahead of the pack. You have a huge advantage being a workaholic over everybody else, don't loose that advantage  O0

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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2007, 01:24:41 pm »
I think that might very well be the reason why South Africans have been such sucessful migrants...its because we come from a culture of hard work and maximum time utilization.
"never let the fear of striking out,keep you from playing the game"

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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 02:48:24 pm »
I am going to soooooo enjoy this life!  :)



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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2007, 04:29:42 pm »
Ditto Didi

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Re: Starting your new jobs in NZ.
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2007, 09:05:57 am »
Well today was my first day at my new job.
Although I was a little nervous at first I am starting to settle in very quickly. It is a lot different from working in SA but so far for the better!
I love the more relaxed view on work. In SA I started work at 7:30am to 5pm and here it is 8am to 4:30pm.
Lunch/tea times are flexible.....no sirens at beginning and end.
Workshop tools and consumables are in trusted to staff not to steal or misuse. No need to sign for anything. Parts get issued without paperwork.
Tools do not get stolen.
No security to control flow of vehicles.
I am already booked for some new courses.
Overall a good experience!  ;D

Good News is that Hayden also received a work permit today and can start looking for work soon.

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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2007, 09:10:46 am »
Thats great news, congrats Hayden !  :clap:

Glad you enjoyed your first day, sounds awesome how they trust people like that with tools etc., it's how one should live and work !

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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2007, 09:21:58 am »
Great news Anton and  :gl: Hayden with the job hunting.