Working in New Zealand

 

General Info


Sex:  Male

Age at time of emigration: 23

Length of stay: 1 year

Location (area of country): Queenstown, New Zealand

Currently working in (country + discipline): Ireland – Physiotherapist


Professional Life 


1) How long ago did you go to New Zealand?


4 years ago.

 

2) How did you find the process of preparing to work in New Zealand?  


 It took 3-4 months to organize the necessary paperwork.

 

3) Were you able to choose to work in an area that interested you?


 Yes I found work at an outpatient clinic.

 

4) Did you find it easy to integrate into your work environment?


Yes I found the locals to be very friendly and welcoming.

 

5) What differences, if any, did you find between working as a physiotherapist in Ireland and New Zealand?


 I had far less supervision and was encouraged to be more independent when working in New Zealand, however advice and support was readily available.

 

6) What are the 3 best things about working in  New Zealand?


The lifestyle, the people and the climate.

 

7) What are the 3 worst things about working in New Zealand?


Reduced salary, longer working hours, distance from home.

 

8) How many holiday days did you have per year, and do you think you had sufficient free-time to travel during the year?


 25 working days. Yes I had there was sufficient time to travel by having holidays for weeks at a time.

 

9) Could you work with sports teams while living there? If so, what sport, and at what level of team?


Yes there were opportunities to work with various rugby and hockey teams at underage and amateur levels.

 

10) On return to Ireland, do you feel New Zealand helped or hindered your search for a job, in a way that gaining experience in another country would not? Was it significant from the point of view of your CV?


Due to my exposure to various opportunities regarding sports physiotherapy I found the New Zealand experience to be highly beneficial in gaining employment in future sports related posts in Australia and Ireland.

 

Personal Life

 

1) What part of the country did you live in?


Queenstown.

 

2) How would you describe the weather in comparison to Ireland?


Similar winter climate to Ireland although summer is warmer and drier.

 

3) Would you recommend going over with friends or by yourself? Why?


I would recommend going over with friends. I went with a group of 3 physiotherapists from my class and found it much easier to settle in.

 

4) What did you make of New Zealand’s culture when you first arrived?


Loved the mix of cultures in Queenstown. Very friendly and outgoing people.

 

5) Did you have a good social life while there?


Yes.

 

6) What are the most popular past-times in New Zealand?


Outdoor and adventure activities for both winter and summer periods.

 

7) In comparison with Ireland, is it expensive to live in New Zealand? What did you find was the most expensive aspect of living there?


Cost of living was cheaper than Ireland but accommodation was relatively expensive.

 

8) What are the 3 best things about living in New Zealand?


As above.

 

9) What are the 3 worst things about living in New Zealand?


As above.

 

10) Why did you return to Ireland?


Got an offer of a job at a sports clinic in Dublin after my 2 years in New Zealand.

 

And finally, the big one…

 

How would you rate your experience overall (both professionally and personally) in New Zealand?

Overall it was a very rewarding experience both for gaining clinical experience and experiencing a different culture. I would highly recommend it as an option for new undergraduates who are seeking employment and interested in travel.

 

General Info

 

Sex: Female

Age at time of emigration: 22

Length of stay: 6 months

Location (area of country): Auckland, New Zealand

Currently working in (country + discipline): Naas general Hospital. Outpatients.

 

Professional Life

 

1) How long ago did you go to New Zealand?


3 and half years ago

 

2)How did you find the process of preparing to work in New Zealand?


It was a very lengthy, extremely detailed process which was very time consuming.

 

3)Were you able to choose to work in an area that interested you?


No. I was interested in working in a hospital setting, but unfortunately there were no jobs available at the time so I had to work in a private practice setting

 

4)Did you find it easy to integrate into your work environment?


I found it quite challenging as there was a huge cultural change, both working with the Maori population and the Asian population

 

5)What differences, if any, did you find between working as a physio in Ireland and New Zealand?


1) Cultural differences. 2) I hadn’t had previous experience in private practice so this was new to me – especially in terms of documentation, everything was computer based

 

6)What are the 3 best things about working in New Zealand.


1) Good exposure to a wide variety of sports teams. 2) Wide variety of private practices 3) Good exposure to different treatment approaches and techniques

 

7)What are the 3 worst things about working in New Zealand.


1) There weren’t any hospital job opportunities 2) Large Cultural differences that I wasn’t prepared for

 

8)How many holiday days did you have per year, and do you think you had sufficient free-time to travel during the year?


23 days, and you had to work a certain amount of days before entitled to annual leave. Limited time to travel.

 

9)Could you work with sports teams while living there?


 Yes.

 

If so, what sport, and at what level of team?


Wide variety of sports teams. I worked with U20 rugby 1st team

 

10)On return to Ireland, do you feel your experience in New Zealand helped or hindered your search for a job, in a way that gaining experience in another country would not?


It helped in the fact that it was good Outpatient experience for me for my OPD rotations. Was it significant from the point of view of your CV. Not really, I only spent 6 months in the job.

 

Personal Life

 

1)What part of the country did you live in?


Auckland

 

2)How would you describe the weather in comparison to Ireland?


Similar

 

3)Would you recommend going over with friends or by yourself? Why?


Go over with a small group of friends with the intention of branching out and making new friends

 

4)What did you make of New Zealand’s culture when you first arrived?


Quite shocked at the large multi-cultural diversity

 

5)Did you have a good social life while there?


 Yes

 

6)What are the most popular past-times in New Zealand?

 

Rugby/Cricket

 

7)In comparison with Ireland, is it expensive to live in New Zealand?

 

Yes

 

What did you find was the most expensive aspect of living there?

 

Food

 

8)What are the worst things about living in New Zealand.


Very far from home, the city was smaller than expected

 

9)What are the 3 best things about living in New Zealand.


  New city/close to the beach, lots of outdoor activities

 

10)Why did you return to Ireland?

 

 Didn’t enjoy my job

 

 

And finally, the big one…

 

How would you rate your experience overall (both professionally and personally) in New Zealand? 

 

5/10

 


 

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