Success Story Of Mr Hon Wei Ng
Let Go of Expectations
Because I had a master’s degree, I thought
I could skip entry-level jobs. I started researching the job market here in New
Zealand around 1 month before my arrival. With a much smaller but more mature
economy, New Zealand does not have a large manufacturing and chemical industry,
unlike Malaysia. My background does not fit the New Zealand job market very
Learning about the job search culture,
assessing my strengths and weaknesses became an invaluable exercise.
Learn About Job Search Culture
One of my first events here is volunteering
with SIGIE. Understanding the word-of-mouth nature of job search was my first
“Being there is a winning first step”.
Getting to know myself
With a fresh outlook and a new approach to
job search. I started to present myself as an adaptable, jack-of-all-trades project
engineer. The journey of self-assessment and self-discovery has been invaluable
for my success and my personal growth.
A number of professional bodies and job
search support is available. SIGIE members has been vital to keeping me active
Where I ended up
After an interesting offer for project
management role. I ended up landing a research assistant position in a research
organisation in Palmerston North, working on a research topic I am deeply
Finding a job was a long journey, but I
learned a lot along the way. When applying for jobs, it is important not to
give up when you do not hear back. Sometimes you just need to take a break from
applying, and sometimes you need to change your strategy and expectations.
I hope that my experience will help other
immigrant engineers succeed on their journey!