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We hear from our students at the NZMA Careers Expo

We hear from our students at the NZMA Careers Expo

Brady Beehre – New Zealand - Hospitality Level 2

BradyI work part-time at the Returned Services Association (RSA) club in Birkenhead but I decided to study because I want to increase my hospitality skills – and this course has helped me do that, 100 percent! I am especially loving the barista training and my tutors have said I’m really good at it. I finish Level 2 this month and will stay on for Level 3. My goal is to work in a cafĂ© or as a bartender, and one day hopefully own my own establishment if I’m lucky enough. For now, I just want to get as much experience as I can.

The NZMA Careers Fair is a good opportunity for people to find employment. I didn’t think it would be this big! Before the event our tutors and employment team helped us with our interview skills. I’ve chatted to several employers here today. My tutor introduced me to the Hip Group this morning and I gave them my CV. They seemed interested and said they’ll email me and arrange to go out for a coffee. I would love to work for them.

Bishal Bhattarai – from Nepal - NZ Diploma in Hospitality Management – Level 5

Studying in New Zealand is totally awesome. In Nepal hospitality isn’t at this level, whereas in New Zealand the training is practical and it leads to good careers. Currently I’m working as a senior barista at Adina BishalBritomart. I got the job through the NSIA Connect team at school. Before that I was working as a barista for Botswana Butchery.

Today’s event is really worthwhile because you can chat to lots of different employers and learn more about what each company offers, and the hospitality industry generally. I’m really happy in my current role and am not actually looking for a job – but today is still really valuable for me because it is helping me build industry knowledge and grow my network. NZMA is doing a really good job for their students. They give great career support, which is crucial for international students, and also very important for domestic students too.


Aryan Kataria – from India - NZ Certificate in Baking (Generalist) – Level 4

AryanI did my last two years of high school in New Zealand at Pakuranga College and now I’m studying bakery, with plans to stay on here for my Level 5, specialising in patisserie. I’ve always loved cakes and cupcakes and when I came to NZ I saw that bakers were on Immigration New Zealand’s skills shortage list. Eventually I’d like to open up my own bakery, and also branch out into some other businesses here. I’m from a business family and we feel that NZ is a really good place to invest. I’m really enjoying today’s event. I’m working as an NZMA ambassador which is a great experience. I’ve also enjoyed the chance to talk to some employers, and a few of them said they have baking opportunities which is good. I think it’s a good event, especially for people who are nervous about job interviews, because everyone here is so approachable.