Settling into New Zealand

Settling into New Zealand | Webinar | 16 May | 12 – 1pm | Register

Are you an engineer or engineering student born overseas? Join us to learn some top tips to help you settle into New Zealand and the engineering community here.

When we come to New Zealand as immigrants, the first thing to face is cultural differences in many aspects, such as language, food, how to make friends and how to do things in workplaces.

For many people, it’s not easy to accept the differences quickly as we grow up in the areas with our own culture, and have been used to do things in our own ways. To pursue a successful career in a new environment, it’s very important to walk out our comfort zones with an open mind and brave actions, and our attitudes will help us to build good relationships with people from different background, especially local people, which might be a key point for our job seeking and career development. This webinar led by Special Interest Group for Immigrant Engineers Chair, Joy Chen, will talk though some areas to think about when you are settling into to New Zealand and looking for a job

Are you an engineer or engineering student born overseas? Join us on Tuesday 2 April to learn about the ins and outs of the industry in New Zealand from professionals in the field.

DATE:02 Apr 2019,
5.30PM – 8.00PM
DURATION:2 hrs 30 mins
VENUE:University of Auckland
ADDRESS:Neon Foyer, Level 4
20 Symonds Street

Our panel discussion will cover why and how companies are diversifying their workforces, what tertiary institutions are doing to support international students and academics, and tips on adapting to the New Zealand context.

Panel members include: 

  • Ashvin Thambyah – PhD, Associate Professor, Head of Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Auckland
  • Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh – Lecturer, Information Technology and Software Engineering, School of Engineering, AUT and Founder/Director She#
  • Joy Chen – Chair, Special Interest Group for Immigrant Engineers
  • Steve Tyson – General Manager Regulatory Engineering, Auckland Council
  • Fiona Gavriel – CE, Prendos New Zealand Limited

You’ll learn networking skills and have the chance to practise them following the presentation.

This event is hosted by the Engineering New Zealand Auckland Branch, The University of Auckland, AUT and the Special Interest Group for Immigrant Engineers.

Doors open at 5.30pm, with the panel discussion kicking off at 6pm.

Please note: this event will not cover immigration issues.

All attendees need to register prior to the event – spaces are limited.

Paid carparks are available at the Owen Glen building at 12 Grafton Road


A workshop presented by the Special Interest Group for Immigrant Engineers (SIGIE) in partnership with Auckland Regional Migrant Services (ARMS).

DATE:27 Apr 2019,
9.30AM – 3.00PM
DURATION:5 hrs 30 mins
VENUE:Fickling Convention Centre
ADDRESS:556 Mt Albert Road

The following topics will be covered in the workshop:
– Practical job search advice in the engineering sector.
– Assistance and advice on creating a local style CV.
– Developing job search strategy.
– Help you answer interview questions.
– Hear and gain valuable information from industry experts and guest speakers, including migrant Engineers success story.

Lunch will be provided.


PLEASE NOTE: This session may be videoed, photographed or audio for marketing purposes. As it
is possible that audience members may be incidentally recorded or photographed, please let us know if you specifically want to be excluded and we will ensure you are not shown.